Dwayne Johnson teases the motion-capture effects for his video game adaptation Rampage, from the set of the now in-production video game movie. Based on the series that began as an arcade title developed and published by Midway Games in 1986, Rampage stars “The Rock” Johnson and is directed by San Andreas helmer Brad Peyton. Johnson plays primatologist David Okoye in the film, the plot of which follows Okoye and his allies as they contend with an outbreak of super-sized monsters created by a genetic experiment gone awry – including one especially-intelligent silverback gorilla named George, with whom Okoye shares a special bond.
Filming is now officially underway on the video game adaptation, with the Rampage movie cast including such noteworthy names as Naomie Harris (Moonlight), Joe Manganiello (Magic Mike XXL), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead), and Malin Akerman (Billions). Based on everything that has been revealed thus far, Johnson and his collaborators are aiming to deliver a crowd-pleaser here that audiences will want to be on the lookout for, come April 2018. That means lots of special effects and spectacle too, one of which is highlighted in Johnson’s latest social media update on Rampage.
Taking to his personal Facebook account, Johnson saw fit to provide potential audiences another candid peek behind the curtain of his latest motion picture endeavor, with a look at some of the motion-capture effects soon to be utilized in Rampage proper. Standing on the set during the first day of filming, Johnson can be seen towering over his co-star Jason Liles – the motion capture artist who will give life to George, the silverback gorilla, in the movie proper. Check out the original Facebook post below:
The special effects in Rampage will be overseen by WETA Digital – the same team whose work viewers can check out firsthand in this summer’s blockbuster motion picture event that is War for the Planet of the Apes – and as such should be nothing short of being the very best. Johnson definitely seems psyched to take on the role of primatologist David Okoye in the new movie, and with any luck he and Peyton will manage to retain some of the same chemistry in the forthcoming video game movie that they previously brought to bear in the making of San Andreas.
For those viewers who fondly remember playing the original video games upon which Rampage has been adapted, the idea of seeing something from one’s childhood brought to life on the big screen is sure to pull on the heartstrings of nostalgic recall. Only time will tell whether or not general viewers will be as eager to revisit the iconic Midway arcade game, but here’s to hoping for the very best in the meantime.
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