Remember back in the day, when you turned on your sega, and loaded up your favorite game, Rampage, and were so excited to really dig deep and be immersed in the emotional depth of it’s story? Yea.. Me either. This was a carnage ridden mindless game where the goal was to demolish everything in your path, but the good news is it’s getting the hollywood treatment and apparently an emotional baseline to really captivate niche audiences.. Cuz that makes sense.
Brad Peyton, who gained some experience in the field of mass destruction when he helmed San Andreas, recently spoke with We Got This Covered about his film Incarnate, which opens this weekend. In that conversation he spoke about Rampage, here’s what he had to say:
“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.”
He also said “The original game is our inspiration” but that it’s “really going to surprise people in what it delivers.” So the good news is that the video game that we all loved about genetically modified animals going postal on whole cities, is going to have a real emotional tie in, which to us just sounds like there are going to be a lot of regular people on screen, just talking about the giant animals. The fear is that this will end up like Godzilla, which was fine, but emotional development in that film hindered the story greatly. Sometimes it would just be nice to see a big mindless action blockbuster about big monsters blowing up big cities, but that said–Rampage was not the best IP o parlay into a film. Seriously, there was no story in the game, none, nada, zero. The last movie to adapt a game without a story was Need For Speed, and that was a raging dumpster fire.
No release date, or even production start date has been put out yet, so who knows when we’ll actually get this film. Dwayne Johnson is set to star, and that guy isn’t exactly loaded with free time at the moment. He’s doing like a movie a week for the next 8 years it seems. Keep an eye out for more news from pre-production for Rampage coming in the near future.