New Line Hires Relative Newcomer to Pen 'Rampage' Movie (Exclusive)

Ryan Engle was an exec at Kopelson Entertainment and began moonlighting writing scripts.
 

Ryan Engle has been tapped to pen New Line’s big-screen adaptation of 1980s video game Rampage.

The game revolves around a trio of mild-mannered humans who are mutated into a giant Godzilla-like lizard, a werewolf and a gorilla, respectively, and fight the military while destroying buildings. Players controlled the monsters and moved up levels when a city was destroyed.

John Rickard (Final Destination 5, Horrible Bosses) is producing.

Rampage is a priority for New Line, which is hoping to make an Independence Day-style picture on a smart budget.

Engle is a relative newcomer to the screenwriting trade -- until last year, he was an exec at Kopelson Entertainment and began moonlighting writing scripts.

He worked with Louis Leterrier on a rewrite of A Killing on Carnival Row, but it was his thriller On a Clear Day that won him attention. The script made it onto the Black List and is now being developed as a directing vehicle for Jaume Collet-Sera (Unknown). Clear Day also led to an overall deal with Intrepid Pictures.

Engle is repped by Original Artists and Mosaic.

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