With Mortal Kombat getting a fresh reboot on the cusp of Assassin's Creed release later in the year, it appears as though video games are all the rage in movies again. Now Rampage is getting it's own version, bringing on board Brad Peyton to director and none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson for a leading role.
Peyton and Johnson are regular buddies, working together on blockbuster projects like San Andreas and 2012's Journey 2: The Mysterious Island where he utilized the actor's incredible action chops. But despite the 1986 arcade game's aesthetic appearance, this is not going to be a movie to take the kids to if the director's words are to be believed.
Peyton: We're Not Taking An Cues From Game
Depending on your familiarity with the game or otherwise, Peyton explains in clear detail that the narrative will only be loosely based on the arcade version at very best. Referencing a more popular and current video game as an example, he says the film will have a life entirely of it's own making.
“It’s going to be a lot more emotional, a lot scarier and a lot more real than you’d expect," begins Peyton. "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.”
Rock Too Heavy For The Jungle
Still in production mode for the reboot of Jumanji, Johnson once again took to his personal Instagram account to explain that one intended scene had to be done in studio rather than out in the wild like planned.
Apparently my 260lbs is too much for the actual vines in the Hawaiian jungles to hold me without breaking and me falling hundreds of feet. So for safety purposes, I'm forced to swing thru #Jumanjj on wires strong enough to hold 12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock. #OnSet #Jumanji #IronicallyIEatBuffaloDailyForLunch #MoreManThanNatureKnowsWhatToDoWith
Outlining that his 260lbs was too much for Hawaiin vines to handle, he said the wires he was hoisted by were strong enough for "12 adult buffaloes and 1 adult Rock." Those Rampage monsters better come ready for a fight in that case!