New Line goes to Colony to find scribes to rewrite Rampage for The Rock
A big-screen adaptation of the 80s video game RAMPAGE certainly makes sense. On paper, it's the type of concept that translates well into a big-budget blockbuster. Giant monsters roaming around the world, destroying landmarks and laying waste to cities. Toss Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson into the mix as the film's star, and you're looking at what should be a surefire hit. But with a bunch of money being poured into the film, you'd better believe New Line wants to make sure they can get the best shooting script possible before they head into production with a brand that was at its height nearly 30 years ago.
That's why The Rock took to his Instagram today to announce that Carlton Cuse and Ryan Condal - creators of the USA Network series COLONY - have been tasked with rewriting Ryan Engle's script.
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.
Cuse will always carry with him some baggage due to his involvement with LOST and the disappointment a handful of those fans still carry with them to this day. However, COLONY has been received positively since its premiere in January, and The Rock is familiar with Cuse's work, given his script helped SAN ANDREAS to box office success. So this the direction RAMPAGE is set to take at the moment before the cameras begin rolling later this year.