I've actually heard some pretty great things about Dwayne Johnson's upcoming big screen adaptation of the classic 1980s video game Rampage. I recently talked to someone working on the development of the film and they had nothing but good things to say about it, which was good to hear because I am such a big fan of the original game.
The game focused on three human characters who mutate into giant monsters that include a giant Godzilla lizard, a werewolf, and a King Kong gorilla. The three go on a rampage, destroying big cities while battling the military and eating people along the way.
Now director Brad Peyton has started talking more about the film, and in an interview with We Got This Covered, he offered up some new details on the movie and what he is looking to do with it.
"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."
Rampage sounds like it's going to be an incredibly fun flick full of some crazy action-packed entertainment. I like that Peyton wants to give audiences something completely unexpected and surprising with a film that is more emotional, a lot scarier, and a lot more real than we'd think we'd get from a Rampage film.
Hopefully, Peyton can pull it all off and turn Rampage into a great and entertaining movie.