Monsters are attacking buildings and only Dwayne Johnson can stop them? Of course he can, but we're going to enjoy the ride!
Rampage was one of the ultimate quarter-eaters of its heyday. The classic arcade cabinet video game allowed you to take control of your typical monster movie standards, a giant lizard (not Godzilla), a giant ape (not royalty), and… a giant werewolf. Your mission? To destroy as many buildings as possible while the army tries to kill you.
There have been other Rampage games, but none matched the charm of the original. The thought of a Rampage movie might seem a little redundant because, well… that’s what Godzilla, King Kong, and assorted other kaiju flicks are for. Plus, there’s even a Godzilla vs. Kong movie in the works to arrive after Kong: Skull Island and Godzilla 2. Ah, but I digress…
Rampage Movie Trailer
Another Rampage trailer has arrived, showcasing more of the devastating destruction set to be unleashed by its lineup of genetically-edited animal anomalies – and that’s not even factoring the formidable ass-kicking presence of star Dwayne Johnson, who plays a sign-language-utilizing gorilla whisperer to the affected albino gorilla, George.
Located below is the first full Rampage trailer:
Then check out this earlier sneak peek at the movie, which, amongst other things, introduced a giant, flying wolf!
— Rampage Movie (@rampagethemovie) January 21, 2018
Rampage Movie Release Date
Dwayne Johnson has a full schedule, of course, but Rampage is his next film, and it begins filming in April to make a release date of April 20, 2018.
Here, let him tell you himself:
Spent my Friday night at our Warner Bros offices in a 6hr script session with these rampaging rockstars. Our RAMPAGE (next movie I’ll make) writers, producers, director and star (occasionally me). Even though this took us deep into Friday night and we all have families and stuff to do – this kind of meeting is so critical to our movie’s success. Everyone’s instincts were firing on the highest of levels. My fav moment from this merciless 6hr meeting was when I shared with this group that there’s an equity and trust I’ve built with my audience that they trust me to take them on an epic ride, and always do our best to send them home happy. A very cool moment to see everyone’s eyes light and heads start to nod. To win on any level you gotta have teamwork and collaboration and cant thank everyone enough in this room for their energy and focus. You truly helped us move the needle. And Wendy Jane you’re Superwoman for your creative brilliance and putting up with all these asshole’s dumb guy jokes. Not me of course, I’m a gentleman. %uD83D%uDE08 Next stop for me in my research – the Primate division at the Atlanta Zoo (my character’s a Primatologist & head of an anti poaching unit in Rwanda). Really informative and educational character to play and project to work on. More to come. Start shooting this APRIL. #RAMPAGE
Rampage Movie Synopsis
Here is the plot synopsis for this glorious weirdness:
Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an gunshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has bgggeen in his care since birth. But a rogue genetic experiment gone awry transforms this gentle ape into a raging monster. To make matters worse, it’s soon discovered there are other similarly altered alpha predators. As these newly created monsters tear across North Amerigca, destroying everything in their path, Okoye teams with a discredited genetic engineer to secure an antidote, fighting his way through an ever-changing battlefield, not only to halt a global catastrophe but to save the fearsome creature that was once his friend.
Rampage Movie Cast
The Rampage movie stars none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, although not as one of the giant monsters. Instead he’s playing “an animal loving hero who is the world’s only hope.” Moonlight‘s Naomie Harris will co-star She’s not playing one of the giant monsters, either, but rather “a geneticist with a moral streak.”
The Walking Dead villain Jeffrey Dean Morgan has joined the cast as Agent Russell. Russell is described by Deadline as a guy “who works for a covert government division called OGA and rolls with serious swagger and attitude.” No word on whether this is the same organization that Johnson’s character works for, or if he’s the villain.
Joe Manganiello is on board in an unspecified role, and since he has already achieved success playing a werewolf on HBO’s True Blood, is it too much to ask that he’s playing a giant werewolf in this one? Yes, I know the giant werewolf was female in the game, this would just make for some symmetry. Marley Shelton is also in talks, but again, no details on her character are available at this time. (casting info and character descriptions via THR)
Rampage Movie Story
Brad Peyton, who directed Johnson in the similarly destructive San Andreas, is directing. “It’s going to be a lot more emotional, a lot scarier and a lot more real than you’d expect,” Peyton told We Got This Covered back in December. “So you look at that original concept about a lab that affects these animals and makes them rampage, and that’s the nugget.”
Don’t worry, though, it’s definitely “a monster film” and he confirmed that the iconic rampagers will all be in there. “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.”
Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal initially were involved with the script, but recent reports have Ryan Engle and Adam Sztykiel on “scary” duty.
Rampage Movie Photos
We are nearing Rampage‘s XYZ release date, and as such the marketing is about to kick it into high gear. Indeed, below we have our first look at stills and set photos from the movie. Most of these images highlight for now that, yes, the Rock and Oscar nominee Naomie Harris are in this movie about giant monsters doing what they do best:
This fits nicely with the Rock’s previous social media blitz this summer during production:
Rampaging nights with my partners in crime, Naomie Harris and Jeffery Dean Morgan. The animal loving anti-poacher Ranger from Rwanda, the groundbreaking geneticist from CRISPR and the cowboy himself from the OGA – the “other” government agency. Three gigantic mutated monsters (silverback, crocodile and grey wolf) rampaging across the country. Party in hell. We’ll see you there. #OnSet #Rampage 4-20-2018
Dwayne posted a little peek at some work we’ve been doing on set of Rampage! #Repost @therock (@get_repost) %u30FB%u30FB%u30FB When my bestie, George (an extremely rare Albino silverback) gets hangry. Hungry + angry. Blown away by this technology. Makin’ a cool movie for you guys here on set of #Rampage. When George (and a crocodile and grey wolf) are infected they grow at a rapid rate to gigantic proportions rampaging across the country. In this scene our Oscar winning Weta Digital (Lord of the Rings, Avatar etc) is using their ground breaking “performance capture” to bring “George” the Silverback to life. It uses over 30 special cameras to “see” the performance of my co-actor @tallie7487 allowing the digital artists to make the most realistic and badass animations possible. He’s wearing a “facial capture helmet” and we can record every muscle movement and expression and emotion of George as goes on a rampage. Jason studied gorillas for months preparing for this performance capture role – facial expressions, sounds, habits and emotions. Spectacular performance. What a learning curve for me and such a pleasure to help produce these amazing artists who come to set daily to be game changers. More to come. Amazing technology. #WETADigital #Hydraulx #Rampage #MyHangryBestFriend
Johnson also had a recent Facebook post answering enormous questions that fans familiar with the rather straight-forward bash-and-smash nature of the classic video have regarding how this could possibly become a movie.
Indeed, Johnson divulges that Rampage will tell the story of three animals who are subjected to “evil genetic editing” that quickly alters their entire DNA, increasing their size, strength, agility and, frighteningly enough, their aggression. Moreover, in a game-referencing nod, Johnson reveals that his character in Primatologist Davis Okoye will be the “best friend” of an “albino gorilla” named George and provides a picture of George actor Jason Liles, who, at 6’ 9”, is seen rocking a motion capture suit, hunched over in Andy Serkis-type fashion, with the hand crutches (for lack of better terminology,) designed to emulate the shape and gait of a gorilla.