It was released in Wednesday that the class NES side-scrolling platform shooter would be made into a live action movie – in China. The film was given the green light by the Chinese Film Bureau and of course the setting of the game has been taken from the original south pacific island (off the coast of New Zealand) so some remote island in the South China Sea. A teaser for the film was even released;
…which tells us roughly one-tenth of sweet fuck all about the actual film. Though to be fair, it’s kind of refreshing to see a trailer that doesn’t give away the entire film in 90 seconds or less. According to China Film Insider, “Chen Qiang and Li Zhiyong investigate but come up empty handed. 29 years later, Chen sends commandos Bill and Lance into a combat mission there to neutralize the villainous Red Falcon Organization, but end up facing a different enemy altogether.” So they have at least used the same character names and loosely the same plot as the original game.
A movie poster surfaced as well;
Which tells us absolutely nothing as well. While the release date is penciled in for 2019, I wouldn’t be surprised if this a hoax which has been lost in translation.