Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is synonymous with blockbuster hits. Over the past few years alone, The Rock has starred in some of the most financially successful films at the global box office, pandemic included. Case in point, The Rock's most recent outing, Red Notice, recently became the most-watched movie in Netflix's history. Meanwhile, Jungle Cruise still pulled in $220 million at the global box office despite being released on Disney+ on the same day that it premiered in theaters.
With The Rock pretty much anywhere these days, it always felt like it was only a matter of time before he dipped back into the video game movie genre. Now, it appears that the Black Adam actor is working on a new video game movie.
The Rock has starred in two big-screen adaptations of video games. The first one, 2005's Doom, was deemed both a critical and commercial failure. 2018's Rampage did better, pulling in $428 million at the global box office. A third one would probably do well given how much star power the Hollywood actor has now. Unfortunately, we don't know exactly just what video game the moving is going to be based on and when it is going to be released.
Speaking to Men's Journal while talking about Black Adam, Johnson dropped the skinny on his secret video game movie project. He referred to the source material as "one of the biggest, most bad-ass games" and one that he has "played for years."
While Johnson did not specify the franchise, this hasn't stopped fans from speculating. In particular, many believe that the project has ties to Microsoft and Xbox. It's no secret that Johnson is a huge gamer. Microsoft even tapped The Rock to introduce the Xbox at CES 2001. The Rock has also reaffirmed his love for video games in several interviews since, specifically, his affinity for the Xbox. Because of this, fans believe that the self-professed gamer is working on a live-action adaptation of one of Microsoft's most beloved gaming franchises, Gears of War.
Universal Pictures has sat on a Gears of War movie adaptation for years. Given Johnson's close relationship with the studio, we wouldn't be surprised if he ends up starring in a live-action Gears of War.
Of course, this is all just speculation. Johnson only confirmed that he is working on a video game project - he didn't drop other clues about what it could be and when it will be released. But, if it's any consolation, Johnson did reveal that the video game movie will be announced later this year. So, fingers crossed, fans won't have to wait for a long time to find out exactly what video game franchise Johnson will tackle next.
In the meantime, fans can look forward to watching The Rock grace the big screen as DCEU's Black Adam on July 29, 2022. The Rock is also reportedly set to return for a pair of Red Notice sequels alongside Gal Gadot and Ryan Reynolds.