It worked for Pirates of the Caribbean and it could work for the Jungle Cruise! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has officially green lit Dwayne Johnson’s Jungle Cruise project, which has been in development hell with Johnson attached since 2015.
Since it’s initial proposal, the script has gone through multiple drafts, but according to reports, it is much stronger now and to Johnson’s liking. Thanks to this, the project is officially moving forward and Johnson has fit it into his busy filming schedule. Johnson just completed Fighting with My Family and will go on to shooting Rampage later this spring, followed by Skyscraper near the end of the year. Then after a short break, Johnson is scheduled to begin production on Jungle Cruise in the spring of 2018.
Currently, there no director is attached. But Johnson will star in the film, as well as produce it alongside Dany Garcia, the co-CEO of Johnson’s production company, Seven Bucks Productions. Current productions of 2017 alone include Baywatch, Ballers, and the upcoming sequel Jumanji.
Johnson’s frequent collaborator, Beau Flynn, is also in negotiations to produce the film via Flynn Picture Co.
Personally, I’m stoked for this film. If done correctly, I think this will be an easy knock out for Disney. I hope it’s super campy, corny, and I honestly can’t see anyone else more perfect than Dwayne Johnson helming this film. I’ve never seen him in anything I haven’t liked, and I couldn’t be more excited for his Baywatch film this summer. He’s perfect for this humor (if they take it the comedic route). But at the same time, I suppose they could make it a serious, action film, but I hope not!! Either way, if the film is successful, imagine how many sequels we could get.
If this film comes to fruition, it will be the seventh Disney film based on a pre-existing attraction: Mission to Mars, The Country Bears, The Haunted Mansion, Tower of Terror, Tomorrowland, and of course, the Pirates of the Caribbean series.
Dwayne Johnson has three big blockbusters being released in 2017. Fate of the Furious opens this Friday, April 14, marking the 8th installment of the Fast and Furious franchise. Then, Baywatch opens May 26th, and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on December 20th.