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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. Along with currently starring in the latest animated film Moana, Johnson also has quite a few films on his to-do list in the upcoming future: a Baywatch movie, a Jumanji remake, and a continuation of the Fast and Furious franchise with Fast 8, among others.

The Rock’s Latest Project Has Him Fighting Giant Monsters

The Rock isn’t stopping there as another project that took fans by surprise was an announcement that a film adaptation is in the works. Yes, the Rampage video game franchise that starred a bunch of monsters wreaking havoc on cities around the world. More specifically, these monsters were created in a lab experiment gone wrong (where have I heard that before?).

As a result of the explosion, three scientists were turned into different beasts that included an ape named George, a lizard named Lizzie, and a wolf named Ralph. Scumlabs was the company that was responsible for creating these monsters and now the monsters are out to destroy every one of the labs and employees found around the world.

Director Brad Peyton and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Director Brad Peyton and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

While this premise does sound a bit ridiculous, the movie’s tone will actually feel “scarier and more emotional” than expected if the director is to believed. Director (who also directed San Andreas) stated that he and the writers are getting together to craft “something very special for fans of the video game franchise” and plan on using the “original game as as their source of inspiration.”

Peyton further expanded upon these quotes:

“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.”

He's not wrong. adaptations are in the weird place that movie adaptations were a few decades ago where the stories were either adapted too closely and seen as too cheesy for general audiences, or varied too wildly from the source material, and alienated fans.

Peyton continued:

“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.”

What Can We Take From These Quotes?

Not surprisingly, a film with giant monsters should be scary and a bit frightening. When you mention films such as Godzilla, King Kong, or even some of the latest monster movies like Pacific Rim or Cloverfield, these films are tense, with multiple horror elements.

But what intrigues me was when Peyton declared that this film would also be emotional and realistic. The realism part of it gets me excited. Though the premise sounds absurd, I always find it rather interesting when the writers and directors of a monster film can find a way to ground it in reality. And while we don't tend to think of movies with deeply emotional angles, the actor has showed he has the capacity to have emotional moments on screen.

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Is This The Rampage Movie Fans Deserve?

Having said all of that, I’ve never been a big fan of the Rampage game franchise having only played the two games on the N64 console. While the game is fun on multiplayer mode, it gets repetitive and can leave a gamer rather bored after just a few minutes of playing. But the story is intriguing and could make for a very fun and entertaining movie. To be honest, you place in pretty much anything and I’ll be excited for it.

It’s also imperative that this film is good. After all, we know how video game movies have fared over the years. Though I didn’t believe Warcraft was a great film, it was certainly enjoyable. I’m also very much looking forward to in a few weeks. Can video game movies prosper? Absolutely, as long as they have a great script and a good director behind it. Even though the Rampage movie is a few years away, it’s nice to know that things are starting to come together.

Rampage is currently slated to be in theaters on April 20th, 2018.


What upcoming Dwayne Johnson movie are you most looking forward to?

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