Deadline is reporting that The Walt Disney Company isn’t done with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen quite yet. The company is reportedly seeking to re-team the two actors, who voiced Woody and Buzz Lightyear in all three Toy Story movies, in a live-action project called Jungle Cruise.
The movie will be based on the theme park ride of the same name found at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The ride sees park-goers jumping on a riverboat and navigating many rivers as animatronic animals pass by. The script is being written by Roger S.H. Schulman, who was a writer on Shrek and has penned many of Disney’s sequels like Mulan II, The Jungle Book 2, and Bambi II.
This wouldn’t be the first time Disney took a popular ride and turned it into a movie; if you’ll recall, a little movie called Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl turned into one of the biggest multi-billion dollar movie franchises of all-time. The company has been trying to make this one for a while now as well, and if they can grab Hanks and Allen that process should become much easier.
Could be a fun family movie when it’s all said and done. But at the moment it does have a sort of Old Dogs sound to it, no? Maybe it’s just the Tim Allen effect.