“The Rock” Was in Talks For a ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie, and Other Things We Learned at the ‘Rampage’ Press Conference

Most of the time, press conferences for big blockbuster movies are opportunities for the actors to crack a few jokes, share a fun story or two about making the movie, and that’s about it. It’s rare that anything actually substantial comes out of these Q&A sessions, but the press conference for Rampage, the upcoming film adaptation of the video game, was a little bit different.

During the conference, actor Joe Manganiello (who plays a mercenary in Rampage) revealed that star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was in talks to lead a Dungeons and Dragons movie, and Johnson confirmed it. Read about The Rock’s Dungeons and Dragons connection, the Rampage movie’s special homage to the video game on which it’s based, and more below.

The Rock Dungeons and Dragons Movie?

P.J. Byrne plays a character in Rampage, but he also moderated the press conference yesterday afternoon in Hollywood. When he asked Manganiello how the former True Blood actor got his role in this movie, Manganiello explained:

“I wrote a version of a Dungeons and Dragons film when it was at Warner Bros., and I found out that Brad [Peyton] was a big fan of the property and was looking to direct a Dungeons and Dragons film. I think they were also talking to you about that as well (points to Dwayne, who nods).

So I got my agents to connect me to Brad, I said, ‘I want to talk to Brad and see what his idea is. I have this script.’ We got on a Skype call, and after a few minutes, Brad was like, ‘Hey man, listen. I’m down in Atlanta. I’m getting ready to shoot this movie Rampage. I’ve got this great role if you want to play it. Why don’t you come down? We’ll shoot this movie, we’ll talk about Dungeons and Dragons, and we’ll go from there.’ That’s how I ended up in Rampage.”

We didn’t have an opportunity to follow up and ask about the status of that potential Dungeons and Dragons movie or whether or not Johnson is still having those discussions about possibly starring in it, but what the heck would a Dwayne Johnson-led D&D movie written by Joe Manganiello look like? This could be one of those “what if” scenarios movie fans debate about among themselves for years.

And can you imagine how much Vin Diesel would freak out if The Rock made a D&D film? Diesel loves D&D, going as far as to plan the Fast & Furious franchise like a D&D dungeon master, and after Johnson’s recent comments about how he and Diesel still aren’t on good terms following the Candy Ass saga, Diesel would be livid if Johnson ended up starring in a D&D movie. At this point, I wouldn’t put it past Johnson to take the role just to spite Diesel. But we’ll have to wait and see how it all plays out.

The Director Was Surprised By His Own Movie

Brad Peyton, who also directed Johnson in Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and San Andreas, explained that because of the film’s quick schedule, even he ended up being caught off guard by the last act of the movie.

“This movie was shot really fast. It was done in 55 days, which is 20 days less than San Andreas, and then we had six weeks less in post. So for me, I was doing visual effects, the mix, the music, all at the same time, which is not normal…

It was interesting because the end of this movie was a lot of green screens and Dwayne and ‘There’s a giant wolf there,’ and ‘Look at that stick and run around.’ It came together so quickly that even I, on the mix stage, seeing the music and sound come in so quickly, for the last 25 minutes of the movie, even though I drew it all and storyboarded it and pre-vized it and all that, I had moments of like, ‘Holy, this is bananas.’ It got so big, it kept growing. Again, the post was so rapid, and WETA Digital, Peter Jackson’s company, came in with so much great stuff, that even the person that planned it was like, ‘Oh my God, this is crazy.’”

Rampage’s Homage to the Video Game

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SOURCE: Slash Film – Ben Pearson