Disney bumps up production on Jungle Cruise inspired film

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The next Disney attraction to get the movie treatment was rumored to be The Jungle Cruise. Now Reuters is reporting that production has been greenlighted and given a high-priority status.

The executive producers of the CW network’s superhero saga "Smallville," Al Gough and Miles Millar, are in negotiations to write the script. Plot details are being kept under lock and key, but the movie will be set in the 20th century.

Of course the the Jungle Cruise attraction, one of Disneyland’s original attractions, was inspred by movies itself; most specifically The African Queen with Humphry Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. No word if the movie will draw any inspiration from that link.

In early concepts Walt intended his Jungle Cruise ride to be full of live animals, but he eventually learned that most of the creatures he wanted to fill his jungle with slept for most of the day, so the Jungle Cruise as we know it today was born. The ride itself just went through an upgrade for Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary and continues to draw large crowds throughout the day.

See also: Wikipedia entry.