It was announced back in April that New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. would be teaming to bring an adaptation of the classic arcade/NES game Rampage to the big screen.
Heat Vision reports tonight that John Rickard, who has acted as a co-producer on a wide range of New Line movies from A Nightmare on Elm Street and Final Destination 5 to Horrible Bosses and next year’s tentpole Jack the Giant Killer, will produce and is meeting with writers to develop a story for the project. His resume does NOT impress me.
The game comes from Midway Games, which was acquired by New Line’s sister company Warner Bros. in 2009 for $33 million.
The concept of the game revolves around a trio of mild-mannered humans who are mutated into a giant lizard, a werewolf and a gorilla – Godzilla, Wolf Man and King Kong, respectively – and fight the military while destroying buildings. Players controlled the monsters and moved up levels when a city was destroyed.
The studio believes that technology has advanced enough that the possibility exists to make a smartly-budgeted monster movie in the vein and tone of Ghostbusters and Independence Day.