New Line eyes vidgame adaptation as possible franchise

New Line is looking to go on a “Rampage,” signing writer Ryan Engle for a bigscreen adaptation of the Midway vidgame.

Project, set with producer John Rickard, is being developed as a possible franchise along the lines of “Independence Day” with potentially significant merchandising tie-ins. Warner Bros. acquired Midway for $33 million in 2009, leading to New Line developing a feature version of the Midway game “Mortal Kombat.”

“Rampage,” which came into the market in 1986, involves monsters — a King Kong-like gorilla, a Godzilla-like dinosaur/lizard and a giant werewolf — that have been created from mutated humans. The monsters try to survive against onslaughts of military forces in the game, which takes place over 128 days.

Engle’s a former exec at Kopelson Entertainment who gained notice with a thriller spec “On a Clear Day,” which landed on the Black List.

Rickard worked for Scott Rudin and Brett Ratner before going to work for New Line topper Toby Emmerich. He was a co-producer on “Nightmare on Elm Street,” “Hall Pass,” “Horrible Bosses,” “Final Destination 5″ and “Jack the Giant Killer.”

Sam Brown and Michael Disco are overseeing for New Line.

Engle is repped by Original Artists and Mosaic.

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