In a summer stocked with pre-established IPs and other well-known quantities, it was both surprising and unsurprising that a movie about an earthquake, San Andreas, should be one of the season’s biggest hits. Earthquake movies are unoriginal, and neither is the idea of a Dwayne Johnson starring vehicle becoming a hit, but combined the concept was a certified worldwide hit to the tune of $429 million and counting. Fitting then that Johnson and director Brad Peyton might want to team-up again, and preferable on something that requires a lot of digital disaster. Digital? Disaster? Did somebody say video game adaptation? Yes, it seems that for their next flick, Johnson and Peyton will be bringing Rampage to the big screen.
Remember Rampage? It was the Midway arcade game where you control one of three giant monsters – George, a King Kong-like ape; Lizzie, a Godzilla-like lizard creature; and Ralph, a werewolf, but, you know, bigger – and lay siege to a nameless metropolis and get award points as per the damage done to said cityscape. Presumably, the movie version will follow the same basic story, but with Johnson doing his he-man best to stop the monsters and their destructive tendencies. Bonus points if the film finds a way to embiggen Johnson so that he can go hand-to-hand against the monsters.
The film will be produced by New Line Cinema, who has enjoyed the spoils of San Andreas and is likely invested in keeping the team behind that film together. Non-Stop screenwriter Ryan Engle is currently writing the script, and the studio has an eye on next summer sometime to begin principal photography once Johnson has completed filming on another big movie, Furious 8.
For the record, Johnson’s last video game movie was the 2005 adaptation of Doom, which made a paltry $56 million at the box office on a $60 million budget. It was a critical bomb, and resulted in a rare Rassie nomination for Johnson himself. He lost to Rob Schneider for Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo, and is likely still grateful he dodged that bullet. Hopefully, Rampage the movie will manage to stay out of the “Worst of…” categories in 2017.
Source: Comic Book Movie