Retro arcade games of the '80s are hot properties right now, and with the renaissance of interest in the quarter-gobbling electronic entertainments of yesteryear and the success of movies like Pacific Rim and Godzilla, it's no surprise the mutant monster shoot-em-up Rampage is getting a big-screen adaptation starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Though this amusing property had been eyed for the past few years, no solid casting choices or director had permanently committed to the project and stepped up to the joystick until now.
New Line Pictures is teaming up with producer Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters) to convert Bally Midway's monster-mashing adventure game into a live-action feature film that hopes to begin production later this year for a possible summer 2016 release date. While no director is yet attached, the screenplay will be written by Non-Stop's Ryan Engle.
Rampage's gameplay involved a trio of transformed humans named Ralph, Lizzie and George, who wreak havoc upon various American cities in the form of a giant werewolf, lizard and gorilla. Players control the freakish creatures, destroying buildings while attempting to avoid police forces and military strike teams. It first debuted in 1986 as an arcade game, then moved into a succession of home console systems like Atari 2600, Nintendo 64, Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation 2.
It's unclear what role The Rock will ultimately play in the storyline, but rest assured it'll have something to do with him saving humanity from the ensuing rubble.
Are you excited that Rampage is surging forward, or is this retro videogame craze past its prime?