Rampage Reunites Dwayne Johnson with San Andreas Team
Back in June, we reported that Dwayne Johnson was reuniting with San Andreas producer Beau Flynn for an adaptation of the popular 1980s video game classic Rampage. We haven't heard any updates on the project since then, but earlier today, Dwayne Johnson took to his Instagram page to announce that Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal have signed on to rewrite the script, with Brad Peyton coming aboard to direct. Here's what the actor/producer had to say to his Instagram followers, teasing how he'll prepare for this adventure.
"Cool news we just hired Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal (creators of Colony) to write our big screen adaptation of Rampage for New Line. Carlton also wrote San Andreas for us, so he excels at writing big scale with family and heart as the anchor. We have a shot to raise the bar and make something cool with this one as the basic storyline is three mutated gigantic monsters (Silverback, Alligator and Wolf) destroy major cities and landmarks across the US. This summer I'll spend time at the San Diego Wildlife Preserve as well as with Anti-Poaching Units from Africa for my research. If you were a fan of the video game like I was, then you KNOW how bad ass and fun this movie can be. I'll try not to screw it up. Shooting begins late this summer. Pictured is the Rampage team (same team who brought you San Andreas) Director Brad Peyton (with the dope fade haircut), producer Beau Flynn (with the Grizzly Adams beard), Carlton Cuse (the constant intellectual with glasses) and some bald tattooed brown man who occasionally smiles."
The original game, created by Midway, featured three giant monsters, a gorilla, a lizard and a wolf, who cause destruction and chaos in major cities around North America, while trying to fend off military forces. We don't have word yet on what character Dwayne Johnson will be playing, but since he's going to be working with Anti-Poaching Units for research, it seems likely that he'll be at the forefront of this battle with these creatures. In a separate Instagram post, the actor also revealed his intense shooting schedule for this year, where he'll shoot Rampage directly after Baywatch and Fast & Furious 8.
"2016 breakdown of my shooting schedule (while maintaining relationships and being dad and daddy to the most awesome daughters in the world) and why I'm up at 4am everyday to train (aside from being slightly bat shit crazy). Once we wrap season 2 of #Ballers (4 weeks left), the next day I'll start shooting our "little" beach movie called #Baywatch (literally THE most successful TV intellectual property of all time - so the pressure is on - bring it). After a 12 week #Baywatch shoot, I'll go right into shooting #Fast & Furious 8. We're a family, and playing the character of Hobbs is one of my greatest joys and I'll make the promise to ya right now: I'm stepping on that set ready to rumble and raise the bar on all levels: The intensity, the tactical gear/weapons and especially that "Hobbs' winking fun". Since Fast Five, you've made Hobbs the highest testing character for a reason - and we're gonna give new meaning to the catchphrase, 'Daddy's gotta go to work.' After approximately 12-14 weeks of shooting FF8, I'll transition right into the big one... #Rampage. Before we start shooting I'll spend time at the San Diego Wildlife Preserve as well with Anti-Poaching Units out of Africa. As big and fun as this movie is, the key is grounding it in research and authenticity. The entire team that brought you San Andreas is back and we can't wait to get started on this one. King Kong is just a little monkey compared to what these massive RAMPAGING ANIMALS can do. Now of course the universe can step in at anytime and throw a flag on the play, but as you see there's a method to my madness of 4am wake ups for cardio & training hard - it anchors my day and allows me to 100% focus and prep for these roles - and the irony of this whole thing is all these roles pale in comparison to the most daunting, gratifying and holy shit scary role of all - being a father. But that's for another fun discussion."
No other cast members are attached for Rampage yet, but, going by the actor's schedule, as it stands now, production will begin sometime in August, barring any unforseen complications. This movie marks the fourth collaboration between Dwayne Johnson, director Brad Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, following Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Hercules and San Andreas. Take a look at the actor's Instagram photos below, and stay tuned for more on Rampage.