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It seems like every day we report on yet another geek property being adapted to the screen. Today, we can add another classic videogame to the pile of cartoons, toys, TV shows, and children's books set for the big screen treatment. New Line Cinema is developing a movie based on the Midway videogame 'Rampage.' The game centered on three player-controlled monsters--a lizard, an ape, and a werewolf--who, after mutating from their human states, must destroy as much of the city as possible in order to advance to the next level. The film is being produced by John Rickard ('A Nightmare on Elm Street,' 'Final Destination 5'). Midway is owned by New Line's sister company Warner Brothers.
To this day, we have not had a truly great videogame movie. A title here or there may have come close to quality, but most are pretty awful. What strikes me as odd about adapting 'Rampage' is that the game itself is already pretty derivative of a couple of different existing movies. The game borrows from 'Godzilla' and 'King Kong' to create its central concept. To make a movie based on this game is therefore weirdly meta. The good news is that the world of the game is pretty simple so essentially what we're talking about is just a monster move. Perhaps if the movie is unencumbered by complicated source material...it'll be better? It's hard to say really. I would humbly request that New Line not hire Uwe Boll to direct.
Would any of you be interested in a 'Rampage' movie?