Emily Blunt, who will appear on the big screen later this year as the title character in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” has just been announced as the newest cast member Disney’s “Jungle Cruise.” The movie uses Disneyland’s classic theme park attraction as the jumping off point for its story and will also star Dwayne Johnson.
The idea of turning Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise into a movie has been floating around the Burbank movie studio since at least 2006 when they started to scour all Disney theme park attractions for their movie potential. This current version is expect to also take some inspiration from movies like Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart’s “The African Queen,” which itself served as inspiration for the attraction. Will we see the same chemistry between Blunt and Johnson?
Jaume Collet-Serra has been signed on to direct from a screen play written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Collet-Serra is known for visually stunning thrillers (Non-Stop, The Commuter) and horror (House of Wax). He’s used Liam Neeson in many of his films, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him have a part in “Jungle Cruise” either.
The Walt Disney Studios is pinning a lot of hopes on “Jungle Cruise” which they see as a franchise with the potential scale of “Pirates of the Caribbean.” So expect a lot of world building in this first movie.
Production is slated to begin in May and so far no official release date has been announced.