Dwayne Johnson will star in New Line's upcoming big screen adaptation of the popular 1980s video game Rampage. The live-action flick, based on the Midway Arcade Game, will reunite Johnson with Beau Flynn, producer of his recent blockbuster San Andreas, also from New Line. Johnson and his Seven Bucks production partner Dany Garcia will serve as producers, as will prominent filmmaker John Rickard, best known for the Horrible Bosses franchise.
Deadline reports: "the game involves three giant monsters—a gorilla, a lizard and a wolf—that wreak havoc on major cities and landmarks across North America." Naturally, Johnson plays the formidable character who has to protect the continent from these enormous beasts, all of which started life as humans but were transformed in experiments by evil scientists.
The script is being written by Ryan Engle, best known for writing the Liam Neeson action thriller Non-Stop. No director has signed on to the project yet.
With San Andreas raking in $415 million and counting, New Line undoubtedly has high hopes for this picture, which looks to be another action-packed disaster flick with Johnson as the hero.
Johnson is currently filming the comedy Central Intelligence with Kevin Hart and voicing the character of demi-god Maui for the animated adventure Moana, both due out next year. Production on Rampage is expected to begin in the summer of 2016, after Johnson finishes Furious 8.
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