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By now, fans around the world have learned to grow weary of video game adaptations. While there are plenty of reasons to think that Assassin’s Creed is going to definitively break the curse or crappy movies based on video games, Brad Peyton thinks his Rampage is also going to bring the goods.

Peyton’s flick, based on the classic Midway arcade game about giant monsters fighting and destroying cities, is going to reunite him with Dwayne Johnson. The two worked together on Journey 2 and San Andreas

The director, who seems to want to challenge Roland Emmerich in the “Let’s f**k shit up on a massive scale!” department, spoke to We Got This Covered about how he’s approaching 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.”

He also confirmed that the most iconic creatures from the game- the ape, the wolf, and the lizard- will be in Rampage, but also teased a surprise or two.

One has to wonder if Rampage is going to suffer at all when you consider how many Giant Monsters Destroying Stuff movies are coming out in the next few years- with Kong: Skull Island, Pacific Rim: Maelstorm, and King Kong Vs Godzilla all in the works.

Rampage is going to come out on April 20, 2018.

SOURCE: We Got This Covered