Dwayne Johnson will be appearing in a handful of noteworthy films scheduled to arrive over the next couple years (like Furious 8), and he’s currently attached to headline a remake of John Carpenter’s 1980s cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. However, that’s not the only nostalgia-fueled projects he has in the queue.
The actor will also star in a live-action adaptation of Rampage, the long-running video game series that launched with an arcade game in 1986. The games center on an urban attack by giant monsters, including the classic lineup of a King Kong-esque ape, a Godzilla-esque lizard and a giant werewolf named Ralph. Now it appears a director has been found to handle the task of translating that premise into a feature-length motion picture.
Deadline is reporting that director Brad Peyton – who has previously worked with Johnson on Summer 2015 tentpole San Andreas and the 3D family adventure Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – is lining up to helm the Rampage film. Peyton is a particularly hot commodity, following the $460 million worldwide gross of San Andreas, and it’s likely that New Line will target Rampage for the same disaster action film audience.
Official plot details for Rampage have yet to be revealed, though the screenplay written by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop) is going to be “consistent with the game,” according to Deadline‘s sources. That means the film should involve giant monsters (resembling those that were described above) wreaking havoc across North America, in some fashion or another.
Peyton has proven in past collaborations with Johnson that he can balance both the actor’s physical presence as well as his onscreen charisma, with the lightness of Journey 2 perhaps hewing closer to the playful tone of the Rampage games. The chaos of the monsters’ attack will undoubtedly give the creative team ample opportunity to create crazy action sequences, but what truly made the Rampage series fun was its tongue-in-cheek sense of humor.
After all, players were asked to wreak havoc on a different city in each level, while consuming people, vehicles and assorted other items with reckless abandon, all in the interest of gleeful destruction. While there’s a place for melodrama in a Rampage film, hopefully Peyton’s film will have more in common with the fun spectacle of Pacific Rim than the dour, serious tone of the 2014 Godzilla movie reboot.
Rampage is tentatively expected to hit theaters in 2017; we’ll let you know when it gets an official release date.