Classic ’87 arcade game Contra to be made into a movie and TV drama

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Shoot ‘em up, TV and movie style! Contra, the 1987 classic arcade game by Konami, is now set to become both a live-action feature film and a television drama.

The film project was already announced earlier this year, and now Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. has confirmed in a press release plans for a TV show too, and that they'll partner up with video production company Starlight Film to produce them.

Contra (distributed as Gryzor in Europe and Oceania) is a run and gun action game that started life as a coin-operated arcade game on Feb. 20, 1987, with a home version released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988. The name refers to the Contras, a group of CIA-backed Nicaraguan rebels.

The action in the original plot for the games takes place in 2633, where the evil Red Falcon Organization have set a base on the Galuga archipelago near New Zealand in a bid to take over the world.

Two commandos, Pfc. Bill Rizer and Pfc. Lance Bean of the Contra unit (described as an elite group of soldiers specializing in guerrilla warfare), are tasked with destroying the alien enemy.

According to the release, further details about the production will be announced at a later date. But there’s no word on any directors or talent attached just yet.

Are you excited for the movie and TV version of Contra? Who do you think should play Rizer and Bean? Let us know in the comments!