One of Dwayne Johnson’s many upcoming projects is “Rampage,” the film adaptation of the classic arcade game which has been setup at Warner Bros. Pictures.
The game’s premise is relatively simple – three different types of giant creatures destroy as many buildings as they can before the military takes them down. That’s a fairly thin premise, but the film’s director Brad Peyton has spoken this week to We Got This Covered about how he plans to make a full cinematic feature out of this:
“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.”
Peyton also says re-teaming with Johnson was a big reason for his excitement, but also it’s the genre the material resides in:
“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 are 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.”
Peyton’s “Incarnate” opens this week and comes ahead of two sequels that he and Johnson are developing – “Journey 3: From The Earth To The Moon” and “San Andreas 2”. “Rampage” is due to begin production early next year for an April 2018 release.