Dwayne Johnson's New 'Rampage' Photo: 'The Beasts Survived'

Nick Schager
Writer

Dwayne Johnson has had an uneven first half of 2016, thanks to the immense success of The Fate of the Furious and the disappointing box-office and critical response to Baywatch. While he’ll look to start a new winning streak later this year with Jumanji — a sequel co-starring Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan — he’s already hard at work on his next larger-than-life project: Rampage, an adaptation of the popular ’80s Bally Midway arcade game.

Yesterday, The Rock took to Twitter to post a tantalizing new photo from the set (see it above), in which one or more of the film’s three titanic mutant monsters (a gorilla, a lizard, and a wolf) apparently got the upper hand.

His caption — “We have a problem. The beasts survived. #PartyInHell #Rampage” — suggests the above shot comes after the kaiju-esque creatures eluded Johnson’s hero. No doubt he’ll have his hands full throughout the film, which — unlike many video game adaptations — may benefit from having source material that was generally narrative-free. That leaves it to director Brad Peyton (reunited with his San Andreas star Johnson) and his team of writers (including Lost’s Carlton Cuse) to concoct an satisfying original storyline.

Co-starring Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacy, Marley Shelton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Rampage will storm theaters next April 20, 2018 — undoubtedly with many more social media updates from Johnson to come before then.

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