Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Confirms 'Rampage' Movie Adaptation is Underway

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman and Naomie Harris will star in the arcade spin-off

Dwayne Johnson onstage during the 89th Annual Academy Awards Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

In case you're too young to remember, Rampage was the 1986 arcade game by Bally Midway starring a giant gorilla, lizard and werewolf. Talk of a movie adaptation has been circling for a while – since 2011 – but today actor and Fate of The Furious star Dwayne Johnson revealed production was underway. 

Goin' primal. 🦍 Good to finally have boots on the ground here in Georgia for production of #RAMPAGE. I head up an anti poaching unit out of Rwanda. My best friend is a rare albino gorilla named, George. Very bad people infect George, an alligator and a wolf with a serum. All three animals grow at an unprecedented rate. Their size, speed, agility and violent aggression is off the charts. They go on a deadly rampage and want to destroy the world. George not happy. Me not happy. When animals like you, they lick you. When they don't like you, they kill you. I will hunt down the bad people who did this to my best friend. And when I find them, I will not lick them. We have the best VFX monster making team (WETA) on the planet. Our actors and crew have been working very hard to raise the monster genre bar. As always, let's have some fun. Let's shoot. 🤙🏾 #PrimalDNA #George #Lizzy #Ralph #RAMPAGE

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San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island director Brad Peyton is on board and the movie will also star Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Malin Akerman and Naomie Harris. It's slated for release next year. 

Players in the original game controlled the monsters and attempted to do as much damage as possible on each level, smashing up buildings and snacking on humans like candy. The last Rampage game to be released was Rampage: Total Destruction for Nintendo Gamecube and PlayStation 2 in 2006 and Wii in 2007.