The disaster flick – once the king genre of 1970s box offices – has made a number of semi-successful comebacks over the years. In the '90s, movies such as Volcano and Dante's Peak made a half-hearted attempt to jumpstart the genre; later, director Roland Emmerich (White House Down) built his own disaster kingdom with The Day After Tomorrow and 2012.
Soon, director Brad Peyton (Journey 2: The Mysterious Island) and star Dwayne Johnson (Pain & Gain) will reunite to make another attempt at reviving the disaster movie with San Andreas. This 3D-filmed movie has officially set a release date in the increasingly crowded summer season of 2015.
Deadline reports that San Andreas will open in US theaters on June 5th, 2015. In development for some years, momentum on San Andreas only picked up once Peyton and Johnson signed on to headline the movie after having worked together on Journey 2.
Though few exact details about San Andreas's plot have been revealed, we do know that it centers around a titanic earthquake that devastates California's coastal regions. After the quake brings the state to its knees, a rescue helicopter pilot (Johnson) must brave the shattered wreckage to save his daughter. No doubt many exciting set-piece sequences will ensue.
San Andreas enters what may be the busiest and most hyped blockbuster season on record. Coming a month after The Avengers: Age of Ultron and a month before Batman vs. Superman, San Andreas will also be competing for attention with Jurassic World and the animated B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations.
Throwing San Andreas into a field of such stiff competition is an interesting move indeed. Despite its generic description, it appears that Warner Bros. has confidence that a 3D disaster picture (headlined by Johnson) can hold its own in the upcoming season. The real question is whether this reflects the actual quality of the San Andreas script or whether it's mere hubris on the studio's part.
Nonetheless, San Andreas can officially join the list of films to keep an eye on in 2015. Amidst a field of much bigger names and risky franchise moves, it may not rate as high in our attention, but its mere positioning will keep us cautiously interested.
San Andreas will rock theaters on June 5th, 2015.