Movies based off of video games seem to have a built-in audience and are seemingly guaranteed to be a smash hit, particularly if the video game was a hit. With exciting plots, plenty of action sequences, and a huge fanbase it would seem if these kinds of movies would never fail. But the truth is that for every hit like the Resident Evil franchise, there’s a dozen Super Mario Bros and Prince of Persia level failures. Video games don’t always seem to translate well to the big screen.
Rampage director, Brad Payton thinks he can beat the “video game curse” that has plagued so many movie adaptations of video games. He thinks a big part of the key to his success lies in star Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson. According to a article on Screen Rant, Payton thinks that he can take this popular arcade game with simple graphics and an even simpler plot and turn it into something spectacular.
The movie was first announced in 2015 and is expected to premiere April 20th, the trailers and still shots from the movie indicate that it just might live up to the director’s promise. The video game itself is fairly simple and involves humans turning into classic monsters and causing as much destruction as possible. It’s a points based game that doesn’t have the intricate plot lines or difficult objectives that most modern games have, which is what makes the game fun.
Payton believes that monster movies are supposed to be fun, and hopes that by making a fun movie that focuses on the Rock’s characters relationship with George the Gorilla he can keep it that. With such a simple plot, Payton has tried to take advantage and expand the storyline.
It’s important to keep in mind though that a fun plot and a popular actor doesn’t always translate to big box office returns. Rampage doesn’t have quite the name recognition that Lara Croft, Tomb Raider does, and even a big star like Angelina Jolie couldn’t prevent that highly anticipated movie from becoming a flop. But it’s possible that the Rampage might succeed just because the plot of the game is simple and it does not have as much name recognition means that the stakes might not be as high, and there is a better chance of the movie being able to succeed.