The Rampage Extended Universe

After seeing Rampage last week, I started thinking about other, not necessarily viable, properties that might fit the same universe. Things for the O.G.A. to investigate with the same team, which is what they seemed to be hinting. Well, they may just be opening the door to a straight sequel with more giant monsters, but that would be the boring route. I keep thinking that if they made Battleship next year with Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, instead of, like, 6 years ago as its ownt thing, it might actually be worth checking out. So what other, probably cheap, properties COULD we graft onto the Rampageverse?

The criteria are pretty open-ended. When science goes wrong, that Other Government Agency is called into action to fight...
Arcade games are probably the best bets, because they don't REALLY have much of a story (whereas TV shows, role-playing games, etc. do). One that is apparently already in development but that would benefit from being incorporated is Centipede. It's got giant monsters you need to shoot at, and I'm sure more canisters survived the first film. Otherwise, what is this movie going to be? Better to get the Rock to helm it and cash in. (Another giant monster property that might fit is the board game King of New York, but hasn't that city seen enough action?)
Another movie that's in development is Tetris. Here's what IMDB has to say about the plot: "In the future, year 30XX, mankind has finally reached the ability to travel at light speed using block-like spaceships called Tetroids. Deep in the universe lies the question to human existence - could the Tetroids be the answer?" My answer: "Are you KIDDING me?" Tetroids?! No. This isn't a space opera property. It's about Russians dropping stuff on our heads, possibly a terraforming technology gone wrong, and only the Rock and his friends can figure out how to make them fall safely.
Does Portal have too much of a story? Is that story necessarily incompatible with an action hero being thrown into the lab? I don't think so.
Speaking of labs, how about Berzerk? Not as beloved, but the movie would be about navigating a maze filled with killer robots. Writes itself.
Trying to think of a board game that would fit the Rampage Cinematic U, and science-fiction or even contemporary themes are rather rare. Risk is Napoleonic, Sorry! is abstract, and Hungry Hungry Hippos is too silly. Jenga might have value (bring those buildings down for [PLOT!] reasons), but maybe Pandemic? The team has a zoologist and a geneticist, I'm sure we could get bizarre Resident Evil transformations out of the virus flare.
And toys! Toys that never did have their own viable cartoon series could be the basis for a Rampagey movie. Rubik's Cube as a dangerous super-computer (yes, it had a cartoon series, but I did say VIABLE), or Tamagotchi (to keep it animal-based), or Hot Wheels (despite the danger of turning it into a Fast and Furious sidequel).

No, there isn't much of a story implicit in most of these things, but look, THEY MADE A BATTLESHIP MOVIE. And it was about AN ALIEN INVASION! So anything's possible, so long as the name doesn't sound stupid (so I doubt we'll get Rampage: Lite-Brite, for example). Maybe you have better ideas?

4 comments:

Toby'c said...

“Does Portal have too much of a story? Is that story necessarily incompatible with an action hero being thrown into the lab?“
Kinda, considering there’s an alien invasion going on outside the lab. http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline_of_the_Half-Life_universe

Siskoid said...

Seems like J.J. Abrams is developing both a Portal and a Half-Life movie anyway.

LiamKav said...

The more I think about a Portal movie, the more I think it'll be a triumph. I'm making a note here: Huge Success.

Sorry, I'll see myself out.

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