The ‘Rampage’ Adaptation Is In Serious Trouble

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While I was beyond disappointed with Godzilla, I had high hopes for New Line Cinema’s Rampage, which would pit mankind against a giant gorilla, wolf and lizard.

Rampage is an adaptation of the classic video game in which the players controls the aforementioned monsters in an attempt to destroy cities across the country.

Now, New Line is looking at another disaster film for inspiration. And it’s a bad one.

Deadline is reporting that Brad Peyton is in talks with the studio to direct Rampage, reteaming him with the key players from the summer hit San Andreas, star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and producer Beau Flynn.

This is terrible news as, while Johnson is always a scene-stealer who can carry a movie on his massive shoulders, San Andreas was awful. And it’s awful because of both the screenplay and overabundance of CGI. You see, San Andreas looked like a lame cartoon, with giant tidal waves and buildings crashing down. It was poorly done, as the execution left little to the imagination. It’s so unrealistic that I found myself mentally checking out at multiple times during the movie.

Do we really want to see San Andreas with three giant monsters digitally inserted into it? Because that’s exactly what we’re going to get, unless of course the filmmakers learned from their mistakes. Odds are they didn’t as San Andreas‘ gross has shaken past the $460 million global gross mark worldwide to become most certainly the most successful original live action tent pole launch this summer, and also the highest grossing film Warner Bros has released this year (Deadline).

Oh, did I mention that Brad Peyton also directed both Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore? Yeah, that’s who I want directing an adaptation of the beloved videogame. Consider me nervous, even though there have been some truly great surprises in Hollywood (like Bryan Singer’s X-Men film).

The live action adaptation of the 80s Midway Arcade game Rampage has a script by Ryan Engle, who scripted the Liam Neeson-starrer Non-Stop. In the script, three giant monsters–a gorilla, a lizard and a wolf–wreaking havoc on major cities and landmarks across North America, with Johnson standing in their path.

  • Richter Belmont

    Know your role and shut your mouth, Jabroni!

  • FromHeroesToDust

    You’re dragging this site down big time. Everything you write is an opinion piece and nobody cares. You have awful taste in films anyways. You act like such a whiny bitch.

  • nowaygetreal

    Brad’s inability to write an objective news article is astounding. I don’t understand why he doesn’t just create a blog for his opinions that people rarely agree with and leave the real writing to the staff that’s actually professional.

    With that said… It’s a movie based on Rampage. You said it yourself – a gorilla, a wolf and a lizard. Are you expecting them to find real life giant creatures instead of CGI? It will be mindless popcorn entertainment, like San Andreas was supposed to be.

  • Blade

    I used love those games and m on board for the movie, but I think taking it too serious and expecting something great is a bad idea lol just look at the source material, this movie needs some camp/cheese in it, it doesn’t need to be perfect

  • Ivan Camacho

    IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU THINK!! BITCH!!

  • kmtb

    I was disappointed in Godzilla at first too but it’s one that grows on you with repeat viewings. I can’t wait for the next one personally.

    This has no chance no matter who directs it though. The movie needs to be a comedy to work and no one will do that I’m sure. We’ll get another overly serious giant monster destroys city movie that will be all but forgotten in a few years.

    • J Jett

      kmtb, i agree w/ you. the first time i watched GODZILLA i didn’t really care for it. i watched it again at a later date and i liked it a bit more and now after watching it several times i actually like it a lot!

  • 1EyeJack

    Personally I liked San Andreas. It’s a good popcorn movie.

  • brewers_rule

    I don’t see how a movie about a giant wolf, lizard, & gorilla tearing down buildings can really succeed. Yes, there’s Godzilla & King Kong but they had good backstories with built in audiences to draw in. Rampage is too niche-like. It reeks of making Battleship into a film and that was..oh..so..terrible.

  • PsychoMantis18

    Such an idiot

  • The_Righteous_Dan

    I’ll pass on any Rampage movie solely on principal (which means I’ll wait till it hits Netflix, and then maybe watch it while cleaning house). We don’t need unnecessary video game adaptations where the name seems tacked on. Battleship was horrible. Does anyone need a new Battleship? If Hollywood wants to make a monster movie, then make a frikken monster movie. Quit with this nostalgia baiting, not even trying, sucker people into the seats for cash, forced garbage. I understand that not every movie needs to be the next Citizen Kane, but every movie can aspire to be better than Battleship.

  • J Jett

    i guess i’m alone on this but i think this movie sounds like it could be a fun monster/creature feature.

  • zombie84_41

    This article was just stupid.