While the Pirates of the Caribbean film franchise has been a hit for Disney, they haven’t had much luck with some of their other films based on their theme park attractions (Haunted Mansion anyone?). But, it looks like Disney believes they have something good with Jungle Cruise, their upcoming film based on their Adventure Land ride. On the ride, guests board a boat cruise through an African jungle navigated by a (usually obnoxious) tour guide. A couple of weeks back, the film added some major appeal with the casting of Dwayne Johnson and the addition of Focus screenwriting duo John Requa and Glenn Ficarra.
Now, Johnson has confirmed the film’s setting and tone in an all new Instagram post. Check it out here below.
Here’s what the actor posted on his official Instagram account:
For those who may not be able to read the embed, here is the caption he posted along with the image,
Pumped to kick off the writing for our Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE. Great meeting w/ our writers Requa & Ficarra who last wrote and directed FOCUS w/ Will Smith and BAD SANTA w/ Billy Bob Thornton. Our goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way. Johnny Depp raised the bar with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.. now it’s our turn at bat to take an iconic Disney attraction and hopefully turn it into something dope and cool. I’ll keep y’all posted along the way. Here we go… #BigAdventureAwaits #ItsAPeriodMovie #DamnRightIWillStillBeHandsomeInThe1920s #JungleCruise
This actually explains a lot, and sets the bar pretty high. For one thing, he refers to Pirates of the Caribbean, one of Disney’s most lucrative film franchises to date. He adds that the “goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way.” Well, that goes without saying, and it should be the goal for almost every film like this one. But he hopes that he can turn the iconic attraction “into something dope and cool.” So maybe he is acknowledging some of the studio’s struggles to turn other attractions into successful films. Finally, he confirms in the hashtag that he will be handsome in the 1920s.
There was a previous attempt to get the ride onto the big screen with a modern day adventure starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. While the pairing could have worked, the film as a whole wouldn’t have. It would have conflicted with the spirit of the ride, so by having the film be set in the 1920s, it stays faithful to the attraction and what it means to those who love experiencing it.
No director has been attached yet, but Requa and Ficarra both wrote and directed Focus and Bad Santa, so since the two are writing Jungle Cruise, perhaps they’ll be offered the chance to direct it as well. A release date has yet to be announced.