We have talked ad nauseam about the decades long struggle Hollywood studios have had in adapting video games into successful motion pictures. So, it’s understandable if you are already rolling your eyes at the latest development. However, this time things are different. This time…The Rock is picking up the controller, which might be enough to break the code and finally produce a winning film.
The newest video game adaptation is based on the 1980’s arcade classic, Rampage. The video game had a thin plot in which three creatures, a wolf, gorilla, and lizard, mutate hundreds of feet tall after a freak lab experiment. The player then controls one of the three monster movie archetypes and proceeds to go on a world tour destroying cities, building by building.
Rampage is directed by Brad Peyton (San Andreas), who has collaborated with the film’s star, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, previously. The supporting cast is also filled with familiar faces, including Moonlight’s Naomi Harris, Justice League’s Joe Manganiello and The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, which should signal the amount of testosterone that will be found in the family film.
It seems that Warner Bros is looking for Peyton and Johnson to replicate their previous success with the disaster movie genre, albeit with a big science fiction boost this go around. The trailer gives subtle nods to gamers with a several cues from the games. Hopefully they will be able to adapt the tongue-in-cheek humor that the original had, while creating a new experience than audiences had with movies such as Godzilla and Kong: Skull Island. There is still five months to go before the movie’s release, so enjoy the first trailer:
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry mutates this gentle ape into a raging creature of enormous size. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered animals. As these newly created alpha predators tear across North America, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Rampage opens on April 20th, 2018.
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