It’s been a while since we’ve heard any news on the progress of Rampage, the Brad Peyton-directed action film that stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, but that changed earlier today. Johnson announced that the writing team would add Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal, the writers behind the USA series Colony, and part of the team behind Johnson’s 2015 action-thriller San Andreas. That team also includes director Peyton and producer Beau Flynn, and they’re all back for the video game adaptation Rampage.
Johnson also talked briefly about his plans to research the film – which is essentially about a giant werewolf, lizard, and gorilla destroying cities and national landmarks – by spending time at the San Diego Wildlife Preserve and visiting anti-poaching units in Africa. (Personally, I’d love it if the writing team found some way to bring the societal evils of poaching into the narrative, but I feel like that’s a long shot.) Rampage is set to start shooting this summer but no release date for the New Line Cinema film has been set just yet.
The Rock himself announced the addition of Cuse and Condal to the Rampage writing staff over Instagram:
EXCLUSIVE: Cool news we just hired Carlton Cuse & 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. #RAMPAGE * 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. Photo credit: Genaro Molina LA TIMES.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) February 2, 2016