Deadline is reporting that Dwayne Johnson, a.k.a. The Rock, will star in a live-action feature film based on classic arcade game Rampage. First released in 1986, Rampage is the original Wreck-It Ralph, in which players destroy apartment buildings and highrises as George (the giant gorilla), Lizzie (the giant lizard / dinosaur) and Ralph (the giant werewolf[?!]).
Dwayne Johnson is re-teaming with New Line and producer Beau Flynn for Rampage, a live action feature that has been set for a 2016 summer production start. The film is based on the classic 80’s Midway Arcade Game that has since had numerous incarnations on different gaming platforms. They are keeping the plot under wraps, but the game involves three giant monsters–a gorilla, a lizard and a wolf–that wreak havoc on major cities and landmarks across North America.
This sounds like good dumb blockbuster fun, especially since Dwayne Johnson picks up new franchises as easily as he lifts 100 pound kettlebells, but it’s a little worrisome that a film based on an 8-bit apartment building destruction simulator has been in development since 2011. Whatever. Come 2017, I’ll be happy to watch this in an air-conditioned theatre and root for Ralph and Lizzie, but not George, because my younger brother always played George and kicked my ass, so fuck that dumb gorilla.