Do you remember taking control of George the Gorilla, Lizzie the Lizard, and Ralph the Wolf in order to smash city buildings into paste as a Godzilla-like expression of rage in the classic Midway arcade title Rampage? The game led to a number of sequels and home editions over the years, although the franchise has been quiet lately aside from a few retro releases on modern download services. That may be about to change as a movie based on Rampage is in the works over at New Line Cinema. The Hollywood Reporter has the early details.
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 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.
The concept of the game revolves around a trio of mild-mannered humans who are mutated into a giant Godzilla-like lizard, a werewolf and a gorilla, respectively, and fight the military while destroying buildings. Players controlled the monsters and moved up levels when a city was destroyed.
New Line isn’t usually in the tentpole business (the Lord of the Rings trilogy being the big exception) but 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.
I've heard worse pitches for a film based on a video game, and at least Rampage does have a general backstory unlike other game-to-movie projects such as Asteroids. There's certainly potential for some fun set pieces and comical action. Do you think that the film can stay true to the familiar and famous spirit of the games? And by "spirit", of course, I mean the full frontal nudity that resulted whenever the monster protagonists suffered enough damage to revert to their human forms. If Rampage isn't rated NC-17, then New Line Cinema will have failed us all.