New Line Punching Walls Seeking ‘Rampage’ Writer

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.

Source: Heat Vision