From Maui to Monsters – Dwayne Johnson’s Next Movie Brings 1986 Arcade Game ‘Rampage’ to the Big Screen
If the release of Wreck-It Ralph 2 next March isn’t enough arcade game action on the big screen for you, prepare yourself for Rampage – a new movie in the works based on the 1986 game of the same name. The game had up to three main protagonists, all giant monsters whose only urge was to wreck a city. You had the option of playing as a King Kong-esque gorilla by the name of George, a Godzilla-like lizard called Lizzie or an enormous werewolf called Ralph. The game had a simple premise: you, humungous mutant monsters, smashed buildings, smacked people and ate things, while avoiding the bullets of the military tasked with taking you down.
The idea of a movie adaptation has been floating around since late last year, and is now starting to take form.
It has been announced that the film will tell the story of George, Lizzie and Ralph, the civilisation-destroying monsters – how they came to be and how their rampage will be stopped once they’re let loose. And, of course, plenty of explosions and buildings collapsing and general destruction porn.
Their backstory goes that a privately owned space station mysteriously explodes and three canisters of a curious experimental concoction land in the pens of three initially normal creatures, the fallout of which gives us our movie.
The people who ran the experiment – The Griffin Technologies Group – desperately scramble to cover up what they’ve done, to hide their involvement in it all and to take down the behemoth beasts before they cause irreperable damage to the world. Their plan is to lure all three creatures to, for some reason, their office in Chicago, because it wouldn’t be as exciting to watch the battle go down somewhere with little to no collateral damage.
Believe it or not, the emotional depth in this movie comes from a character played by none other than Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, an ex-marine who raised, taught and loved George before he became a mutant monster. Because apparently it’s a thing that marines have pet gorillas now.
It’s certainly not going to be the most intellecutally stimulating movie coming out in the near future, unless you count the mental acrobats you’d need to do to get past the pseudoscience and gaping holes in reality.
But it’s about everything you’d expect from the director who brought the world Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore and it’ll likely provide a pleasant and relieving break from the problems of the real world.