Dwayne Johnson in Rampage

Rampage Trailer #1 (2018) “Big Meets Bigger”

Primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), a man who keeps people at a distance, shares an unshakable bond with George, the extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla who has been 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 America, 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.

Serving as executive producers are Marcus Viscidi, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Jeff Fierson, with Wendy Jacobson co-producing. The screenplay is by Ryan Engle and Adam Sztykiel, and the story by Ryan Engle.

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.

Rampage is set to open April 20, 2018.

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22 thoughts on “Rampage Trailer #1 (2018) “Big Meets Bigger””

  1. This is a game that definitely did not need a movie. Seriously. There was no plot in the game (okay they tried to tell you a story about the lab and the animals seeking vengeance but mostly you just destroyed as much as possible). Plus, the game was from the monster’s perspective and not the human perspective.
    Okay, I’m just going to let this go.

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      1. The fortune I spent on Rampage, Pac Man, and the Tron game would have been much better spent elsewhere, later in my life, but the allure of dark claustrophobic repurposed pool halls filled with a cacophony of electronic noises was hard to resist. Remember Dragon’s Lair? That one was the best. Difficult, but you were basically manipulating traditional cel animation. Don Bluth is ready and willing to make a Dragon’s Lair movie, but he can’t get funding, and instead we are getting Rampage.

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      2. I hate to say this, but if any movie can, this is the one. Arrrrgh. I have to find out about this production so that I can judiciously consider which party to boink in the eyes. If the Rock is primarily responsible, I’ll have to rethink tho.

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      3. After seeing the trailer for Tomb Raider, I don’t think it’s the one. It looked very generic. And be honest, is it really the kind of film you want breaking the curse? We want a GOOD precedent.

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      4. I want to see the Legend of Zelda. I wish Amazon were making THAT. I’d even like to see it folded into a GOT-like format. Why not? It would be interesting and startling and new, plus octorocks.

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  2. Okaaaaaaaay. I won’t pretend that this was not one of the best, most addictive video games from the old days. But two points. One, I’m not sure it’s remembered all that much, compared to other video games from the era, and even if it is, is the Rampage brand going to bring in that many people? Brand recognition does not equal ongoing popularity. Obviously there is a case to be made that working from tested properties reduces risk, but that brings us to the second point, which is that this is not Rampage. If the movie is not from the monsters’ POV you take away the one appealing and unique thing about the premise of the game. They might as well be making a movie with an original premise, because a Rampage film, much less a film that is Rampage in name only… it’s not going to put asses in seats. I am fairly confident about this.

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      1. Yeah but as successful as he’s been in movie arena, he really missed his time. In the 1980’s he would have been bigger than Sly and Arnold put together. Soooo much more talented and charismatic.

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      2. That’s true, but he also managed to break the “wrestler” sterotype and become a genuine movie star in an age where that’s past. He’s Hogan, but with actual acting talent. Central Intelligence was the funniest movie I saw last year. He’s a genuinely great comedic actor. When he hosts SNL, watch.

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