New Movie Based on Classic Arcade Game Rampage to Star Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Out of all the classic arcade machines to base a movie franchise on, did you ever figure Rampage to be the one? Leave it to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson to create the next arcade-lover’s dream disaster film with monsters attacking cities and people…well, if it’s truly based off Rampage the plot will include those elements, but New Line Cinema is not giving away any secrets about their script just yet.
While the director’s role is yet to be filled, Johnson has reportedly signed onto the film which will begin production in the summer of 2016. Beau Flynn, the producer of Johnson and New Line Cinema’s latest film hit, San Andreas, are teaming up again for this project. So far, San Andreas has racked up $415 million in ticket sales on a global scale. The team is likely to have success with a Rampage makeover, delighting moviegoers and avid classic arcade machine fans across the world.
Rampage was originally released in 1986 by Bally Midway. Unlike other games where players try to defeat or escape the monsters, Rampage let players BE the monsters. The game allowed up to three to play at once and gave each player a character choice. They could control either a giant gorilla named George, a mega-sized lizard named Lizzie or an overgrown werewolf named Ralph. Each monster was originally a normal human, until experimentation went wrong at Scumlabs.
The monsters can climb and smash buildings, fight and eat people and grab items from inside building windows. Enemies bombard the monster with bullets and bombs, but they can recover by eating food they find in the buildings. Rampage begins in Peoria, Illinois and ends in Plano, Illinois, but the monsters travel around 43 states of the country and two Canadian provinces.
Since arcade gamers play Rampage from the standpoint of the monsters, will Johnson be cast as the man leading forces against them? Only time will tell how the future director will place Johnson amidst the carnage and bloodshed, but one can be sure to expect an action-packed ride leaving little time for moviegoers to overthink the details.