Former WWE superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has made the rare jump from wrestler to movie star with his films Scorpion King and Walking Tall and others. But now it sounds like he’s already taking big risks, which could ‘Doom’ his career, just because video game movies usually suck- they do, don’t deny it! According to the news inside, The Rock, who is already in another video game adaptation entitled Spy-Hunter, could be joining the cast of Doom, one of the greatest PC games of all time…
Empire Online writes, “…Naturally, we asked him about his next project, Spy-Hunter, a computer game adaptation in which he’ll play a secret agent who drives a seriously souped-up, weapons-packed vehicle (think KITT from Knight Rider if he’d subscribed to Guns & Ammo). And it was then that he dropped the bombshell: there’s another videogame flick just itching to smell what The Rock’s cooking.
“Spy-Hunter’s great. John Woo’s on board to direct. The script should come in, in about two weeks,” The Rock told Empire. “I’m very, very excited about that. It’s supposed to be shot in Prague and Amsterdam, but?” But? “You know how movie-making is. If we have to push it because of the weather and the Christmas vacation, then I’ll probably take another movie with Universal called Doom.”
Well, knock us down with a feather. If you’re a gamer, and you haven’t played or heard of Doom, then frankly you should be banned from going near a joypad ever again.
One of the most successful videogame franchises ever, Doom is the king of the first-person shoot-’em-ups, an incredibly tense and violent series of games set on an alien base in which one man (it’s always one man, isn’t it?) must make his way through labyrinthine levels to freedom, all the while shooting his way through hordes of nasty space beasties.
The film, from early reports, will be a lot more complex than that, with interesting innovations like, you know, a plot. And characters. So, Mr. The Rock, what can you tell us about it? Not much, as it turns out. At least, not without triggering an almighty spoiler. So we’ve bleeped out the offending bits.
“It’s based on the game. Where, without giving the movie away, I play the ultimate [censored].” Wow. The ultimate [censored]? “Yeah, it’ll be great. But you don’t know I’m [censored]. Without giving the movie away.”
Still, either way gamers will be in Rock nirvana. The game-to-movie tree hasn’t been laden with treasures thus far, but with The Rock’s undoubted star power and charisma (not to mention that freaky arched eyebrow) driving Doom or Spy Hunter (and maybe both if schedules permit), the trend could finally be bucked. Seems like The Rock may not be so Doomed after all…”