Based on the Bally Midway arcade game from the 1980s, Rampage will be featuring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the head of an anti-poaching unit in Rwanda. His best friend is a rare albino gorilla named George, and things get incredibly volatile when a genetically editing toxin is introduced to the creature, allowing him to grow in height and aggression simultaneously. No doubt, as seen in the trailer, George will be joined by long-time staples of the video game franchise, Lizzie (a giant crocodile) and Ralph (a viciously massive wolf-like creature).
Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal have written out the script, and director Brad Peyton sat down with WeGotThisCovered in an interview about him and his team’s love of the game and destruction for inspiration.
Peyton said: “With Rampage, we are using our love of the original game as our inspiration. Then we’re going to build a movie, like San Andreas, that is really going to surprise people in what it delivers. It’s going to be a lot more emotional, a lot scarier and a lot more real than you’d expect. So you look at that original concept about a lab that affects these animals and makes them rampage, and that’s the nugget. If they called me tomorrow to do Call of Duty, I wouldn’t want to play any of the Call of Duty games. I’d have to come up with something that deserves to be its own thing. That’s where a lot of these movies can go wrong.”
I’m really excited about Rampage,” continued Peyton. “It’s a monster film, so the stuff that I did on Incarnate, stretching my muscles in the horror space helped. This ‘small, character piece’ with horror in it trained me to get ready for [Rampage]. Obviously, it’s a much bigger movie and it’s meant for a broader audience, but there are still horror elements, there’s still a monster movie at the core. And I get to work with Dwayne [Johnson] again, I’m so excited about it.”
Peyton and Johnson’s previous effort, San Andreas, has worked to be an “emotional and scary” cinematic adventure as well. While critics didn’t like that film too much, Rampage should offer a new take on the destructive monster movie genre, as well as ignite passions from fans of the classic video game franchise.