When we first wrote the article hinting that a Rampage movie, based on the classic Midway title where players took control of a Godzilla and King-Kong inspired monsters to destroy and eat everything, we were not surprised to see Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson attached to the movie. Just the fact that someone was actually going ahead with a Rampage movie itself.
Yesterday, The Rock posted to his Instagram to reveal the production start date and the first run through the script with the film’s Director, producers and writers. Along with the post, he also took time to stress the importance of his audience to the movies he makes.
“My fave moment from this merciless six hour meeting was when I shared with this group that there’s an equity and trust I’ve built with my audience that they trust me to take them on an epic ride, and [we] always do our best to send them home happy.
“[It was] very cool moment to see everyone’s eyes light and heads start to nod. To win on any level you gotta have teamwork and collaboration and can’t thank everyone enough in this room for their energy and focus. More to come. Start shooting this April. “
In the original Arcade Classic, players took control of 2 humans who were transformed into giant monsters in the form of George (a giant ape) and Lizzy (a giant lizard). While it is not confirmed as of yet, based on his description of his character, it sounds like Dwayne will be taking on the role of George.
“Next stop for me in my research–the primate division at the Atlanta Zoo (my character’s a Primatologist and head of an anti poaching unit in Rwanda). [He’s a] really informative and educational character to play.”
Rampage will be directed by Brad Peyton, who previously worked with The Rock on San Andreas. Peyton stated that this version of Rampage may surprise fans. “We’re going to build a movie, like San Andreas, that is really going to surprise people in what it delivers,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot more emotional, a lot scarier, and a lot more real than you’d expect.”
So far, The Rock has been the only actor confirmed for the movie, and details on which creatures will be in the final film has not been confirmed. The Rampage Series has seen several sequels, the last game released a little more than a decade ago on the Wii.