Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has closed a deal to star in and produce “Jungle Cruise”, Disney’s latest live-action adaptation of its theme park ride. Production is scheduled to begin spring of 2018. Welcome to the jungle, Dwayne.
Along with Johnson producing the adventure project, also producing, Dany Garcia, the co-CEO of the duo’s Seven Bucks Entertainment banner. Beau Flynn, Johnson’s frequent collaborator who has worked with the actor on movies such as San Andreas, is also in negotiations to produce via his Flynn Picture Co. shingle.
“Jungle Cruise” is one of the Disneyland’s original rides and takes park guests on a journey through a range of leafy settings such as Africa’s Nile and Congo rivers as well as South America’s Amazon. It also includes the infamous ‘backside of water’.
Johnson has been attached to this project since 2015, but the project was still in deep development and went through several drafts by several writers (J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay wrote the most recent draft) while Johnson filmed movies and voiced characters like Maui from “Moana”. With the script looking more solid, Johnson was ready to slot it into his schedule.
Disney has had hits with movie/ride adaptations with the Pirates franchise and also misses with ‘Haunted Mansion’. What are your thoughts on this adaptation?