Dwayne Johnson has his hands in so many pies these days he might as well be a Strawberry Shortcake villain. Seriously, how can anyone keep track of them all? One could hardly be blamed if it slipped their memory that one of Johnson’s many upcoming projects is Rampage, an adaptation of classic arcade game about monsters destroying cities. Johnson will be teaming up with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton to bring the mayhem to life, and what tremendous mayhem it will be. It’s not yet certain when we’ll see the movie, but Peyton wants you to know that this will be a Rampage of love.
In conversation with We Got This Covered, Peyton not only revealed that the movie will focus on the three main monsters – George the Giant Ape, Lizzie the Godzilla-like lizard, and Ralph the wolfman – but he told fans that this is a project he knows and loves, and he thinks he knows what it takes to make a great movie out of Rampage.
“With Rampage, we are using our love of the original game as our inspiration. Then we’re going to build a movie, like San Andreas, that is really going to surprise people in what it delivers. It’s going to be a lot more emotional, a lot scarier and a lot more real than you’d expect. So you look at that original concept about a lab that affects these animals and makes them rampage, and that’s the nugget. If they called me tomorrow to do Call of Duty, I wouldn’t want to play any of the Call of Duty games. I’d have to come up with something that deserves to be its own thing. That’s where a lot of these movies can go wrong.”“I’m really excited about Rampage. It’s a monster film, so the stuff that I did on Incarnate, stretching my muscles in the horror space helped. This “small, character piece” with horror in it trained me to get ready for [Rampage]. Obviously, it’s a much bigger movie and it’s meant for a broader audience, but there still horror elements, there’s still a monster movie at the core. And I get to work with Dwayne [Johnson] again, I’m so excited about it. There’s the three, the lizard, the ape and the wolf, so we’re keeping it similar but you’ll have to tune into the tease on where we are going with this.”
How a video game where players control monsters and win points according to how quickly they tear up the city will turn into a compelling movie, is uncertain, but it’s impossible to discount the star power of Johnson. He and Peyton turned a standard earthquake movie into $473 million at the worldwide box office last year, and made it one of the most profitable movies of 2015. If they can summon half that success for Rampage, it will be good news for Payton, and very good news for video game movies. We’ll have to wait and see how all this shakes out. Stay tuned…
Source: Comic Book Movie