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The ‘Rampage’ Video Game-to-Movie Adaptation Will Be Emotional and Scary


Director Brad Peyton, on paper, is the perfect guy for the video game-to-film adaptation of Rampage, the game that introduced the world to the giant beasts George the gorilla, Lizzie the lizard, and Ralph the werewolf. He directed the 2015 disaster film San Andreas, the adventure film Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, and he is gearing up for the release of Incarnate, the upcoming exorcism horror film with Aaron Eckhart. Basically, he’s got the elements of horror, disaster, and adventure all under his belt, which are all crucial elements for the type of film that he seems to think Rampage is going to be.

Speaking with WeGotThisCovered, Peyton explained his approach to this adaptation, which he is taking far more seriously than I would’ve thought possible, considering the nature of the game.

With Rampage, we are using our love of the original game as our inspiration. Then we’re going to build a movie, like San Andreas, that is really going to surprise people in what it delivers. 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.

As mentioned, the Rampage games have three iconic characters, so Peyton realizes that they’re going to have to be a part of the film. However, he is being rather cagey on how they’re going to be represented, telling the site, “There’s the three, the lizard, the ape and the wolf, so we’re keeping it similar, but you’ll have to stay tuned to find out where we’re going with this.

Rampage recently got a confirmed release date of April 20, 2018.



  • Daniel Anderson

    Thats what I want in my giant monster movie video game adaptations is a ton of emotion instead of the only one that matters in horror…fear.

  • Blade4693

    Just the idea of a Rampage movie makes me happy as I loved those games (especially the N64 versions) but I honestly don’t think it needs to be emotional or scary to work. They are over the top, funny, and rather silly games. Trying to make a serious movie out of that just sounds like it’s going to backfire and miss what made those games so fun and magical back in the day.

    I will definitely see it and give it a chance either way though lol

  • Jay Lamm

    It’s good that there’s a Rampage adaption coming but not one for The Last of Us.
    I hope an Excitebike movie is on the way, too.

  • Ima Badlady

    I remember playing this with my sister back in the day. I remember getting so pissed when I took too much damaged and reverted back into a human and she would eat me.

  • Baron Von Marlon

    A movie based on Rampage should be as emotional and scary as Feast or Piranha 3.

  • Halloween_Vic

    This can turn out to be a hit or miss but hey combining this with both scary and emotion can deliver something darker which can work. The games are funny but as a big screen feature combining those elements might just be what makes it work.

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    lol what

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