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Dwayne Johnson Returning to $65 Million Video Game Movie Franchise That Nearly Tanked His Career? District 9 Director Teases New Project

Dwayne Johnson Returning to $65 Million Video Game Movie Franchise That Nearly Tanked His Career? District 9 Director Teases New Project

During the initial years of his career in Hollywood, Dwayne Johnson starred in multiple movies. However, his initial films did not perform well either at the box office or critically. And one of these movies also included the 2005 live-action adaptation of the popular video game Doom. Based on the game, the film follows a group of space marines investigating a mishap in a research facility on Mars, where they encounter strange creatures.

Doom (2005)
Doom (2005)

It failed miserably at the box office and critically. Despite its failure, Canadian director Neill Blomkamp has hinted that he might be working on another project based on the video game Doom.

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Dwayne Johnson’s 2005 Film Allegedly Getting a Reboot

There have been multiple game adaptations of the films. While some have impressed the audience, not every live-action adaptation was able to win over game lovers. Dwayne Johnson’s 2005 film can fall under the latter category as the film is also considered to have almost killed his career in Hollywood.

Neill Blomkamp
Neill Blomkamp

However, seems like a sequel or a reboot of the 2005 film is about to start production. Canadian director Neill Blomkamp recently shared images of the game on Twitter. While the tweet does not say anything, it is taken as a hint that the director might be planning another movie based on the popular game series.

The tweet has caused a frenzy among fans, as they eagerly asked if the director is really working on a Doom movie. Blomkamp is known for directing the 2009 sci-fi film District 9. He has also worked on video game adaptations, including the 2013 film Elysium. His live-action adaptation of the racing simulation video game series Gran Turismo is set to release this year on August 11.

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Dwayne Johnson Lived the Video Game Curse

During an interview, Dwayne Johnson reflected on his 2005 film that bombed at the box office and among critics. He described that the film’s reception felt like living the “video game curse.” He said, “I lived the video game curse because I made Doom.”

Dwayne Johnson in Doom
Dwayne Johnson in Doom

He starred in another video game adaptation for his 2018 film Rampage, which was inspired by a game of the same name. During his interview, he also shared that he tried avoiding the things that might have caused the 2005 film to fail.

He said that he made sure that there “was a winking charm and humor in Rampage that, for me personally, was not in Doom.” It is unclear if Johnson would star in the alleged Doom reboot or sequel, but fans would surely like to see him return as Sgt. Asher “Sarge” Mahonin.

Dwayne Johnson in Rampage
Rampage (2018)

Johnson was initially offered the lead role in Doom, which later went to Karl Urban, as he rejected the role because he did not find the character interesting enough for him.

Doom is available on Peacock TV.

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Source: Neill Blomkamp via Twitter

Written by Laxmi Rajput

Laxmi Rajput is a writer at Fandomwire. She finished her Post Graduation in Broadcast Journalism and worked as a Business News writer for a year. But her interest in entertainment and pop culture compelled her to find a way towards Entertainment Journalism. She has worked across various fields and has 2 years of experience in content writing. She likes reading, music, movies, and traveling. She aspires to become a fiction writer in the future.