One of the big questions that arises with the concept of a Rampage adaptation is “What’s to adapt?” The game doesn’t exactly have a plot. It’s a giant lizard, ape and wolf destroying one city after another in humorous ways. How do you turn that into a movie?
Well, director Brad Peyton has an answer - you don’t! We Got This Covered talked with the director about what we could expect from Rampage, and his answers are encouraging:
With Rampage, we are using our love of the original game as our inspiration. Then we’re going to build a movie, like San Andreas, that is really going to surprise people in what it delivers. It’s going to be a lot more emotional, a lot scarier and a lot more real than you’d expect. So you look at that original concept about a lab that affects these animals and makes them rampage, and that’s the nugget. If they called me tomorrow to do Call of Duty, I wouldn’t want to play any of the Call of Duty games. I’d have to come up with something that deserves to be its own thing. That’s where a lot of these movies can go wrong.
Pretty smart take if you ask me. Don’t get cute with a bunch of references or slavish devotion to a video game. Take the core premise and do your own thing. All we’re promised is some monsters. They don’t need to climb up the side of each building grabbing ladies out of showers and accidentally getting electrocuted by neon signs. And yes, there will be monsters:
I’m really excited about Rampage. It’s a monster film, so the stuff that I did on Incarnate, stretching my muscles in the horror space helped. This “small, character piece” with horror in it trained me to get ready for [Rampage]. Obviously, it’s a much bigger movie and it’s meant for a broader audience, but there still horror elements, there’s still a monster movie at the core.
I’m all for this. I want to see The Rock in an all-out monster film. And it sounds like that’s exactly what Peyton intends to make. His San Andreas wasn’t the best movie, but it offered a lot of fun/dumb spectacle. Hopefully he can keep that spirit afloat with this scarier tone he’s going for.