Dwayne Johnson to Film Disney’s ‘JUNGLE CRUISE’ in 2018
Dwayne Johnson has officially been confirmed that he will lead Disney’s upcoming live-action film JUNGLE CRUISE, based on the popular theme park attraction. Johnson has been attached to the project since 2015 and it seems that plans are that it will begin shooting in spring 2018.
Writer-director duos John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Focus, Crazy, Stupid, Love) were originally set to write the script, though J.D Payne and Patrick McKay wrote the most recent. Johnson will also produce alongside his Seven Bucks Productions partner Dany Garcia, as well as frequent collaborator Beau Flynn of Flynn Picture Co.
This isn’t the first time this type of project has been planned. It was previously in development with a script by Al Gough and Miles Millar. Another attempt was made back in 2011 with Disney officially announcing an adaption starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. However, neither versions ultimately were made or moved forward.
If this project does make it to the big screen, it joins other films that Disney had made based on their theme park attractions, including The Country Bears, The Haunted Mansion, Mission to Mars, Tomorrowland and the most popular and successful, Pirates of the Caribbean.
Johnson is quite busy. This year he will be seen in Fate of the Furious opening next weekend, then on May 26 with Baywatch and on December 20 with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. He recently completed Fighting With My Family and will shoot next New Line’s Rampage later this spring, and it will be followed by the China-set adventure movie Skyscraper in late summer and fall.