As an editor of Screen Rant in addition to running its sister site, Game Rant, it hurts me deep down inside seeing franchise after franchise irreparably tarnished by awful and disappointing video game adaptations. One such film was Doom which debuted back in 2005 to a powerful 19% on Rotten Tomatoes, launching the career of director Andrzej Bartkowiak into one more directorial gig in the six years since: Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
A sad story indeed, but one that certainly did not hold back Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s career, who starred as the film’s villain. Despite being part of a failed video game adaptation, The Rock would certainly not say no to doing another if the script was “good.”
MTV chatted with Johnson before his special return appearance, hosting WWE’s Wrestlemania, and the subject of video games and video game movies came up.
“I think if the right one came along. I thought we had an opportunity with ‘DOOM.’ Didn’t work out the way we wanted it to, creatively. But yeah, if the right opportunity came along and the script is good, sure.”
From the current state of the genre, one could say that a “good” video game script is hard to come by, assuming they exist. Doom 2 is not in the works, so what game specifically, would The Rock like to help bring to life on screen?
“‘[Call of Duty] Black Ops,’ that’d be bad ass. Let’s make it happen, let’s do it… That and ‘Black Swan 2.’”
The latter was a joke, but there’s no doubt he (and everyone else in the business) would take a role in an adaptation of the most popular and successful video game franchise on the market. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a character who resembles The Rock or his physical build in the film.
Call of Duty: Black Ops did however, feature a big-name Hollywood cast as the voice talent. Sam Worthington voiced the game’s protagonist, with a supporting cast played by Ed Harris, Gary Oldman, Ice Cube and Topher Grace, among others.
There has been talk previously of a Call of Duty film, especially after the growing and record-breaking successes of the latest installments. Which of the games such a movie would base itself on is a big question though.
Johnson was previously attached to star as the lead in an adaptation of Spy Hunter, a video game that Johnson also appeared in as that same character. That never went anywhere though and the franchise is dead.
What video game movie could you see The Rock in?