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Watch out, Angry Birds!
Long before the fowl were being slingshotted into structures, George, Lizzie and Ralph were punching buildings until they collapsed. And now, the monsters of "Rampage" are finally about to have its movie moment.
New Line snagged the rights to the super old-school game from Midway Games, which is owned by Warner Bros., in 2009, and now they're going ahead with John Rickard ("Horrible Bosses") producing.
"Rampage" first stormed its way onto screens -- small ones! with 8 bits! -- in 1986. We're talking about Atari, MS-DOS and the Sega. There is, however, a more recent iteration for the Wii, if you're feeling all 21st century about things.
The story is simple enough: three normal people are turned into hideous monsters and go on a total bender of destruction and mayhem around the city, totally effing things up from tanks to taxis and buildings. George, Lizzie and Ralph are a giant gorilla, a lizard and a werewolf, respectively, and were experimented upon in the appropriately named Scumlabs. We can already smell a sort of political edge/commentary on medical experimentation and humanity a la "Planet of the Apes"!
As the Hollywood Reporter points out, New Line isn't a giant studio known for these sorts of movies, but the company is aiming "to make a smartly-budgeted monster movie in the vein and tone of 'Ghostbusters' and 'Independence Day.'" Video game movies usually do well at the box office if someone like Paul W. S. Anderson is behind the camera; he's a real gamer with the studio movie to make his crazy 3-D dreams come true. (Plus, skinless zombie dogs!) But others that have smaller budgets can look, well, janky as heck, like Uwe Boll's "BloodRayne" movies.
Which camp will "Rampage" fall into, if and when the project gets off the ground is up to the studio, its budget, and the talent it attracts. Video games have been a hot property in Hollywood for quite some time, but lately there's been a whole lot of bark and not much bite to these stories. Where's "Uncharted," people?