Hollywood has been trying to crack the code to video game movies for decades. Thus far, they’ve been largely unsuccessful — though an argument could potentially be made for the Resident Evil franchise. There are a myriad of reasons as to why that could be the case (for starters, the fact that they’re adapting from a gameplay-focused medium to a story-focused medium), but it could also be that they’re selecting franchises that take themselves too seriously.
Enter Rampage, an arcade game from Midway that had players acting as giant city-destroying monsters, very much in the vein of Godzilla and King Kong. The games themselves were silly, violent, and fun, and there’s no way you’d be able to adapt this to the big screen without some of that bleeding into the finished product. With that in mind…maybe it’s best that a game like Rampage get the movie treatment.
Dwayne Johnson has long since signed on for this film in the leading role, and at the helm is San Andreas director Brad Peyton. Thus far, we have a fun-sounding synopsis, and some details regarding the cast — which includes the likes of Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman, Naomie Harris, and Joe Manganiello. Today, Johnson took to Twitter to share a photo from the set of the flick, and in it, he seems to have stumbled upon a building that’s seen better days.
Check it out below:
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) June 14, 2017
We really appreciate that the movie Rampage seems open to embracing the ridiculous. Like San Andreas, the thrills will likely be treated as they should be, but they’re by no means pretending this is going to be anything more than it is, which is perfect for a project like this. We can’t wait to see our first REAL look at the film.
Below is the official synopsis for Rampage.
“Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.”
What do you think of this image? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Rampage hits theaters on April 20, 2018.
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SOURCE: Dwayne Johnson (via Twitter)