Building Smashing Video Game 'Rampage' Being Made into a Movie
I knew we'd see this one day! Even though it makes no sense as a movie, it had to happen. THR is reporting that New Line Cinema has started developing an adaptation of the video game Rampage, the one where you take control of a gigantic monster and destroy buildings in a city while the military shoots you down. John Rickard, who's worked on A Nightmare on Elm Street, Horrible Bosses, Final Dest. 5, and Bryan Singer's Jack the Giant Killer, is producing and meeting with writers to develop a story for the film. That's exactly the question - how do you develop a story for a movie around this destructive video game franchise?
The original Rampage arcade game was debuted in 1986 by Bally Midway and has had many follow-ups on numerous consoles and otherwise. Players control one of three monsters that were created from mutated humans (okay so there's a story): George, a King Kong-like gorilla, Lizzie, a Godzilla-like dinosaur/lizard, or Ralph, a giant werewolf. The only hints that THR gives are that they intend to only use the "title and the visuals of the game," of course, since they can create a drastically different story anyway. Additionally, they mention that they want it to be "a smartly-budgeted monster movie in the vein and tone of Ghostbusters and Independence Day." Those sound like lofty comparisons, but let's make it happen if that is possible.
There's no writer officially attached yet and this obviously has a ways to develop, but it's under way. There's also always the Cloverfield comparisons (see here), which makes sense, but I'd like to see something more along the lines of Independence Day. If they keep the mutated humans element somehow it might turn out a bit weird, like Honey I Blew Up the Kid, and I don't think a comedic Rampage movie is a good idea, do you?