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.”
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Sam Brown and Michael Disco are overseeing for New Line.
Engle is repped by Original Artists and Mosaic.