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New Line Bringing ‘Rampage’ from Arcades to Theaters

Stow the quarters and break out the big bills, Rampage is coming to theatres. New Line
Cinema
has announced that the classic Midway arcade game will be coming to the
silver screen courtesy of producer John Rickard, who is currently meeting with
writers to nail down a story.

A
staple of the arcade scene, Rampage
allowed up to three players to take on the role of overgrown monsters as they
tear through various American cities in an endless struggle to level buildings,
eat civilians and fend off those pesky military helicopters. And the monsters were
actual characters, of sorts, with the 50-foot gorilla, Godzilla and werewolf really
just being ordinary people turned monstrous by the experiments of Scumlabs.

Not
that that really matters though, as Heat Vision reports that the movie will
focus more on the “title and visuals of the game” than just about anything
else. It’s a paper thin back-story and “city gets blown up by giant creatures”
is about as malleable a premise as you can get, so getting the title and look
of the game should please Rampage diehards — assuming the project actually moves forward. Universal’s Asteroids movie hasn’t gone anywhere in
nearly two years, begging the question of whether 30-year-old games are as rich
a vein of narrative potential as once thought.    

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