San Andreas Director Brad Peyton to reunite with Dwayne Johnson for Rampage
Deadline brings word that Brad Peyton is in talks with New Line Cinema to re-team with Dwayne Johnson and producer Beau Flynn for the adaptation of classic Midway arcade game Rampage. Non-Stop screenwriter Ryan Engle is set to pen the screenplay, the story for which is said to be “under wraps,” though it will involve Johnson going toe-to-toe with the game’s three original beasties.
Rampage will reportedly shoot after Johnson completes work on Furious 8, which is set for a release on April 14, 2017. This will also mark the third collaboration between Johnson, Flynn, Peyton and New Line having also worked on Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and San Andreas together as well. The latter film has tallied over $460 million at the global box office in just under two months, making it the most successful original blockbuster of the summer.
Released in 1986, the original Rampage put players in control of one of three monsters: A giant ape named George; a giant lizard name Lizzy; or a giant werewolf named Ralph. The game saw the monsters running amok across the United States, fighting the military, and destroying key landmarks. Several sequels were developed for the title as well, adding even more types of monsters to the playable roster and extending their path of destruction into the cosmos and even back in time.
A previous attempt at adapting the game was announced in 2011 but ultimately never materialized.