Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to Star in Adaptation of ‘Rampage’ Video Game
Not content with the millions of movie franchises he’s currently starring in, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has lined up another one. This time, he’ll reunite with San Andreas producer Beau Flynn on an adaptation of the classic arcade game, Rampage.
According to Deadline, The Rock will star in the film, which will follow the arrival of three giant monsters — a gorilla (George), a lizard (Lizzie) and a werewolf (Ralph) — created by mutated humans that wreak havoc on major cities across the United States. It’s not the first time The Rock would attempt to adapt a popular video game. In 2005, he starred alongside Karl Urban in Doom, which was pretty horrible.
Recently we mused that we’d like to see the fusion of the Jurassic World and Fast and Furious franchises, just so we could see The Rock punch a dinosaur in the face, and it turns out we’ll get closer to that dream than we ever thought possible.
New Line (which also released San Andreas) bought the movie rights to the Rampage game back in 2011 and has slowly been trying to figure out what the hell to do with it. The project languished in development hell in the intervening years until someone got the bright idea to do what most projects do when they don’t know what to do: call The Rock. A Rampage movie sounds like a pretty bad idea. A Rampage movie starring The Rock, all the sudden sounds like it might be pretty cool.
The Rock would apparently start filming on Rampage next summer after wrapping production on one of his other franchises Fast and Furious 8. After which, he’s expected to start filming on Warner Bros.’ Shazam, another one of his franchises. And, then there’s the third movie in the Journey to the Center of the Earth series. And, the Big Trouble in Little China reboot. And... OK, The Rock is going to busy with franchises, let’s just leave it at that.