Earlier this week, Warner Bros. announced that they were moving the release of ‘Rampage’ forward one week, from April 20th to April 13th. Though the studio declined to comment on the reason behind this move, the more attentive fans couldn’t help but notice that the announcement came on the heels of Marvel moving ‘Avengers: Infinity War‘ to April 27th (a week prior to its original May 4th release date).
We’re sure it’s a coincidence.
In the wake of the announcement, ‘Rampage’ star Dwayne Johnson took it upon himself to share the news on social media. In a tongue-in-cheek video posted to Instagram, Johnson credited the move to “the hype and the anticipation” and a desire to avoid “giving away any of our spoilers.” Alluding to the obvious motivation for the schedule shift, Johnson insisted that the decision had “nothing to do” with “the fact that Tony Stark and his Avengers moved their movie up a week”. The video, in which Johnson eventually relents and lets a handful of “spoilers” slip, is available here:
In a statement accompanying the post, Johnson offered a more serious comment on the move:
“These movie release dates are always a chess game, and in the end I want EVERYONE playing to win. And now that we’ve moved to April 13th, it pretty much guarantees that I’ll be home for the birth of my baby daughter – so thank you Mr. Stark. We all win. And if you Avengers ever wanna have a lil’ fun and Rumble… you know where to find me.”
Directed by Brad Peyton and loosely based on the classic arcade game of the same name, ‘Rampage’ stars Dwayne Johnson, Naomie Harris, Malin Ackerman, Joe Manganiello, Jake Lacey, Marley Shelton, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The film is set for release on April 13, 2018.