Rampage movie rights optioned by New Line Cinema

New Line Cinema options the movie rights for the 1980's Midway Games arcade title, Rampage.

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In a move that emphasizes Hollywood's creative bankruptcy, New Line Cinema has seen fit to option the film rights to Rampage, the monster-smashing arcade hit from Midway Games. Fans of the 1980's classic will no doubt remember its deep and compelling narrative, richly defined characters, and the touching journey of self-discovery each giant beast experienced. Granted, that journey was mostly comprised of punching buildings and eating people.

A Nightmare on Elm Street remake co-producer John Rickard has been announced as producer on the project, and is currently in the process of meeting with writers "to develop a story."

"The project aims to take advantage of the title and the visuals of the game," writes the Hollywood Reporter, asserting that New Line believes it can turn the video game property into "a smartly-budgeted monster movie in the vein and tone of Ghostbusters and Independence Day."

As noted, the Rampage script is still being fleshed out, so it might be a little early to say whether or not the film will ultimately end up being made.

[via Joystiq]

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    November 21, 2011 12:00 PM

    Jeff Mattas posted a new article, Rampage movie rights optioned by New Line Cinema.

    New Line Cinema options the movie rights for the 1980's Midway Games arcade title, Rampage.

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      November 21, 2011 12:02 PM

      oh hell yea a big monster movie, what ever happened to cloverfield 2?

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      November 21, 2011 12:16 PM

      Epyx's "Movie Monster Game" (1986) was such a great concept and would be a great remake. But I still can't figure out why they licensed Godzilla and then made him brown.


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      November 21, 2011 1:09 PM

      Who else is like, "finally!"

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        November 21, 2011 3:18 PM

        It's like a childhood dream finally coming true. I bet it's gonna suck though.

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      November 21, 2011 1:19 PM

      are they going to call it rampage? some non-related movie already took the name :[

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      November 21, 2011 1:20 PM

      Someone needs to make a Crush, Crumble and Chomp! movie at the same time.

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      November 21, 2011 1:26 PM

      So does that mean that we get to see Lizzie naked when she turns back into a woman?

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      November 21, 2011 1:26 PM

      goddamnit how long must I wait for Michael Bay's Galaga

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        November 21, 2011 1:29 PM

        Christopher Nolan's Dig Dug is going to be fucking awesome!

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      November 21, 2011 1:29 PM

      It wouldn't be hard to make a half-decent monster movie out of this.

      They'll probably mess it up, but I'm curious to see how it goes.

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        November 21, 2011 1:37 PM

        Eh, Battleship looks better than I expected... so just set your expectations really really really really low and it should be ok.

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      November 21, 2011 2:20 PM

      Megan Fox as the brunette in the red dress with the plunging neckline

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      November 21, 2011 2:51 PM

      Can we get another monster fighting game? Those Godzilla ones for the Gamecube were fun as were the War of the Monsters games.

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      November 21, 2011 2:54 PM

      Uwe Boll already directed a movie called Rampage.

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        November 21, 2011 2:56 PM

        This new one's called Rampage: The Game: The Movie: Part One.

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          November 21, 2011 3:05 PM

          I actually really like the Boll movie :(

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      November 22, 2011 6:46 AM

      This movie has been made plenty of times. It's called Godzilla. Been around for sixty years.

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