Hollywood set for an arcade Rampage

Retro video games are so hot right now in Hollywood, in case you hadn’t noticed. The latest to make the leap to the silver screen: Rampage, based on the 1986 arcade title from Midway.

To recap – you play as one of three monsters, and while you’re stomping around destroying the city, you also have to avoid being destroyed yourself.


The original Rampage

Unlike other films and concepts that have been thrown around, the Rampage adaptation is currently in development, at where else? New Line Cinema, which is rapidly making a name for itself as the place to be for these video game movie cross-overs.

John Rickard is producing, following on from A Nightmare on Elm Street and this year’s Horrible Bosses. He’s currently in talks with writers to develop “a story” for the project – perhaps the original isn’t film-worthy these days? We’d pay to watch a bunch of humans mutate into a giant lizard, werewolf and gorilla, but maybe that’s just us!

Turns out the project aims to take advantage of “the title and the visuals” of the game, so we’re putting our money on the “heroes” not being the monsters, this time around.

The film is shaping up to be something a little different than New Line‘s traditional fare – but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the company believes “the possibility exists” to create a monster movie in the vein and tone of Ghostbusters and Independence Day, with the help of some snazzy technology and smart budgeting.

It’s worth noting here that, despite similarities in title, this upcoming cinematic release has nothing to do with the 2009 Rampage by Uwe Boll. Just in case you were wondering.

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