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Dwayne Johnson to Star in Film Adaptation of 'Rampage' Video Game

Dwayne Johnson
<p>Five years after Johnson started wrestling, a 2000 hosting stint on <em>Saturday Night Live</em> led to <em>The Mummy Returns</em>, which was followed by more than a dozen films including 2005&rsquo;s<em> Be Cool</em>, 2007&rsquo;s <em>The Game Plan</em> and 2008&rsquo;s <em>Get Smart.</em> Still, the star knew something was missing. &quot;I was told that I had to conform to a standard in Hollywood that would beget me more work, better roles,&quot; he explains. &quot;Which meant I had to stop going to the gym, which meant I couldn&rsquo;t be as big, which meant you had to distance yourself from wrestling. You essentially had to deconstruct yourself.&quot;</p>   |   Austin Hargrave
The project reunites Johnson, New Line and producer Beau Flynn, who teamed for the hit disaster pic 'San Andreas.'

New Line is bringing a live-action adaptation of popular '80s video game Rampage to the big screen with Dwayne Johnson attached to star.

The project reunites Johnson, New Line and producer Beau Flynn, who teamed for the hit disaster pic San Andreas.

Given the success of San Andreas and its more than $400 million worldwide box-office haul, New Line is eager to get Rampage off the ground and is eyeing a 2016 summer production start.

Based on the Midway Arcade Game, the script is being written by Ryan Engle (Non-Stop). There's no director attached at this point.

Johnson is having one of the highest-profile summers of any actor. In addition to San Andreas, he starred in the mammoth hit Furious Seven. And his heavily promoted series Ballers premiered on HBO on June 21.

He is repped by WME, Garcia Companies and Gang Tyre. Engle is handled by Original Artists and Mosaic.

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