We’ve already seen them decimate the small screen across a number of released games – now it’s time to see how Rampage’s monsters fare on the big-screen.
Principal photography on the forthcoming video game-turned-movie has begun today, with Hiram Garcia posting on Twitter that things are “kicking off today,” with stars Jake Lacy and Malin Akerman “bringin’ the thunder!” You can check out the tweet below.
The film, which will feature Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the lead role as a scientist trying to bring down the unstoppable beasts, is being directed by Brad Peyton, who previously worked with Johnson on the disaster film San Andreas, which ended up bringing in $473 million worldwide. No doubt Rampage should have a similar effect, what with the chaos that the three monsters will bring.
Like the game, Rampage will feature three monsters, including Lizzy, a large lizard creature; George, a large gorilla (not King Kong, mind you); and Ralph, an enlarged werewolf that’s on the prowl. The team didn’t quite go into detail about how they get mutated, but in the original game, they’re mutated from a lab accident – and considering Johnson will portray a scientist, the film’s story isn’t likely to be that far off.
The cast features Johnson, Akerman, Lacy, Naomie Harris, Joe Manganiello, Marley Shelton, PJ Byrne, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald and Breanne Hill, and should also feature some pretty impressive special effects to bring the monsters – and the destruction – to life. Considering San Andreas had some outstanding effects, Rampage should easily follow suit.
The only question is how successful the film will be, since it’s based on a video game. Previously released efforts like Assassin’s Creed have had decent success, but hardly of the blockbuster variety. Still, the timing of Rampage’s release seems to be just about right, as it’ll be following up rather quickly on the forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot film, which arrives early next year. Maybe video game films are due for a comeback…?
Rampage arrives in theaters on April 20, 2018.