Disney’s THE JUNGLE CRUISE Officially Setting Sail with Dwayne Johnson
Disney tentatively announced The Jungle Cruise in August 2015, a live-action movie based on the iconic Disneyland ride, which escorts theme park guests on a boat trek through a jungle populated with animatronic beasts. Dwayne Johnson was attached to star, and now the movie is officially moving forward, THR reports. Johnson will star and produce via his Seven Bucks Productions banner.
Johnson, among Hollywood’s busiest and most sought after leading men, has finally fit the film into his schedule. The Jungle Cruise is expected to kick off production in spring 2018, making a 2019 release likely. Johnson next stars in Baywatch, opening in May, with the superstar shooting video game adaptation Rampage this spring before tackling Skyscraper in summer and fall.
Plot details remain unknown, but Johnson previously revealed on Instagram the film would be set in the 1920s. “Our goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way,” Johnson said in 2015. “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.”
Disney is now in search of a director to serve as skipper on The Jungle Cruise.