Though Disney has found huge success taking their iconic ride Pirates of the Caribbean from theme park to big screen, their recent efforts have not fared well, though a Haunted Mansion reboot from Guillermo Del Toro could change that. But seeing as how that film is still under development, the studio is turning its attention to another original theme park ride. A new report says that Jungle Cruise is still on its way, and that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will having a starring role in the film.
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THR reports that nothing is final, but says that Dwayne Johnson is currently attached to the film, which is being written by the Focus screenwriting duo John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. The two directed that film, as well as wrote and directed Crazy Stupid Love. While the two are signed on to write The Jungle Cruise, they have not been offered to direct.
John Davis and John Fox will produce.
For those who may have not experienced the ride for themselves, The Jungle Cruise is a 1930s tramp-steamer tour in the untamed waters of the Mekong, the Amazon, and the rivers of Africa. Disney castmembers act as your tour guide, delivering hilarious narration and exposition, about the surrounding animals and the indigenous people. Pixar Studio Head John Lasseter was famously known for being a Jungle Cruise ride operator.
Since the release of 2003’s Pirates of the Caribbean, Disney has released the family comedy Haunted Mansion, starring Eddie Murphy, and sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland. Both films fizzled at the box office. The former however, got an unexpected reboot announcement at Comic-Con a few years back, with Del Toro stepping in in a producing capacity. The film has been under development for quite some time since the announcement, but Del Toro has always provided some sort of update, whenever he is asked about it.
As for Jungle Book, the film was actually first announced back in 2011, which would have had Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in the lead roles. Roger S.H. Schulman wrote the script for that film, and would have been a contemporary telling of Disneyland’s iconic ride.
However, the Requa and Ficarra-script would be more of a period piece and more attuned to the setting of the actual ride itself. One of the biggest inspirations for the ride was the film The African Queen, starring Humprey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn.
The revised Jungle Cruise does not have a start date, and that’s probably so it can accommodate to Dwayne Johnson’s always busy schedule. The actor will star as the lead in the Baywatch, and will reunite with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton for the video game adaptation of Rampage. He may also still be recording his voice for the role of Maui in Disney’s Moana. The actor is also signed on for roles in Fast and Furious 8, and the big screen adaptation of Shazam!. Johnson will also star in the reimagining of Big Trouble In Little China.