Only a media giant like Disney could ever consider making a movie based on a theme park attraction. Indeed, only the House of Mouse has a decent chance to make such a film successful. Pirates of the Caribbean is a stellar example, though Disney’s made missteps like Haunted Mansion too.
But you’ve got to give the studio props for carrying on, with plans of adapting another classic standard attraction of a majority of the Disney theme parks: Jungle Cruise. Early news announcements of this project have listed Dwayne Johnson as the lead, but his leading lady might blow your mind.
The latest info has it that British-American actress Emily Blunt has been cast as the female lead of the Jungle Cruise film adaptation. That’s quite the bombshell considering that Blunt is already starring in Mary Poppins Returns, sequel to the 1964 musical with Julie Andrews, set to premiere in December.
Having Blunt as part of the cast would make sense considering that the default setting of the Disney Jungle Cruise ride has always been a river surrounded by rainforest with a colonial British-style explorer’s lodge as a riverboat station. It’s yet to be divulged what genre the film will be.
Jungle Cruise is set to be directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Its original script by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay has been expanded by Michael Green, who’s had a busy 2017 screenwriting portfolio including Logan, Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049 and Murder on the Orient Express. Production’s slated to start May.
Dwayne Johnson is something of an old hand in adventure movies ranging from Journey 2: The Mysterious Island to the very recent Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Discussion has already started regarding the similarities of the latter film with the in-development Disney movie, though Collet-Serra assures they’ll be different enough.