The first trailer for Warner Bros.' video game movie Rampage has arrived. The studio is taking a short break from expanding their DC film universe in early 2018 to focus on their upcoming video game movie adaptations. Roar Uthaug's Tomb Raider reboot, starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, will lead the charge in March 2018, with Brad Peyton's Rampage - based on the '80s arcade video game of the same name by Midway Games - following suit in April.
Rampage has been in various stages of development ever since Warner Bros. acquired the film rights to the property in 2011, but the studio couldn't find the appropriate creative team to shepherd the project until Peyton came on board in 2015. Warner Bros. was presumably pleased with the success of Peyton's disaster movie San Andreas, starring Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, so Warners' New Line Cinema hired the filmmaker to helm Rampage, with Johnson also joining the project in the title role, as primatologist Davis Okoye.
Warner Bros. has finally released the first trailer for Peyton's Rampage adaptation, which will play ahead of Zack Snyder's Justice League starting this weekend. You can watch the trailer in the section above.
In the Rampage video game, players took control of one of three gigantic monsters and withstood the barrage of gunfire from the military while they completely destroyed the city. The movie follows the basic principle of the original game, with Johnson's Okoye teaming up with Naomie Harris' disgraced genetic engineer Dr. Kate Caldwell to help the military stop the monsters - an ape, an alligator, and a wolf, all created from a genetic experiment gone wrong - from razing their city (and other cities) to the ground.
Johnson and Harris are joined by Malin Akerman, who plays the movie's titular villain that turns the animals into giant monsters, and future Deathstroke actor Joe Manganiello, who plays the Burke, the leader of the paramilitary group in-charge of bringing down the monsters, as well as The Walking Dead's Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Agent Russell and Marley Shelton as one of the astronauts.
The Rampage video game was an influential arcade title in its heyday, and its adaptation is something that could potentially break the ever-present video game movie curse considering that the movie - and the game, for that matter - has a high concept that resembles other monster films such as Godzilla and Pacific Rim, which have either been successful or successful enough to warrant sequels.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
- Rampage (2018) release date: Apr 13, 2018