Jungle Cruise (film)
Jungle Cruise is an upcoming American adventure film based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name and produced by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a screenplay written by Michael Green, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, based on a story by Ficarra and Requa, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.
Theatrical release poster with original release date
|Directed by||Jaume Collet-Serra|
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
|Edited by||Joel Negron|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
Jungle Cruise is scheduled to be released on July 30, 2021 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Set during the early 20th century, a riverboat captain named Frank takes a scientist and her brother on a mission into a jungle to find the Tree of Life which is believed to possess healing powers. All the while, the trio must fight against dangerous wild animals and a competing German expedition.
- Dwayne Johnson as Frank, a riverboat captain.
- Emily Blunt as Lily Houghton, a scientist searching for a tree’s magical cure.
- Édgar Ramírez as an unnamed villain
- Jack Whitehall as McGregor Houghton, Lily’s younger brother.
- Jesse Plemons as an unnamed villain
- Paul Giamatti as Brooks
- Andy Nyman as Sir James Hobbs-Cunningham
- Quim Gutiérrez as an unnamed villain
- Veronica Falcón
- Dani Rovira
- Simone Lockhart as Anna
- Aidan Taggart
- Colin McFarlane
In September 2004, it was announced that Jungle Cruise would be developed for Mandeville Films, with a script by Josh Goldstein & John Norville. The film was loosely inspired by the theme park attraction of the same name. The film was announced to take place within the twentieth century. In February 2011, it was announced that Toy Story stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen would star in the long-gestating film, with a script to be written by Roger S. H. Schulman.
In August 2015, it was announced that Walt Disney Pictures was redeveloping its film adaptation based on Jungle Cruises, to star Dwayne Johnson. The script would be written by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, and the film produced by John Davis and John Fox, with the intention to harken back to its period roots. In April 2017, Johnson expressed his interest in having Patty Jenkins helm the project, but in July 2017, Jaume Collet-Serra was announced as the director of the film.
In January 2018, Emily Blunt joined the cast. The same month, Michael Green was reported to have rewritten the script, previously worked on by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne. In March 2018, Jack Whitehall joined the cast to portray the brother of Blunt's character. In April 2018, Édgar Ramírez and Jesse Plemons joined the cast to portray villains with the former being "a man with a conquistador background". In May 2018, Paul Giamatti joined the cast to portray a “crusty harbormaster.” In June 2018, Quim Gutiérrez joined the cast to portray one of the villains.
In December 2018, it was reported that Whitehall's character would be gay and would have a coming out scene in the film with Johnson. This would be the second incidence of a gay character in a live-a toon Disney film, the first being Le Fou, portrayed by Josh Gad, in the 2017 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. There was some backlash over the report, with some online expressing anger over a straight man being cast as a "camp" gay character.
Jungle Cruise is scheduled to be released on July 30, 2021. Initially, it was slated for October 11, 2019 before being moved to July 24, 2020, and was delayed to its current date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On October 11, 2019, a first official trailer and a teaser poster were released. On March 10, 2020, another trailer and a theatrical poster were released.
- Disney Park ride adaptations
- Tower of Terror, a 1997 film loosely based on the Disney attraction The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Disney's first film based on one of its theme park attractions and the only adapted for television.
- The Country Bears, 2002 film based on the Country Bear Jamboree attraction at Disney parks.
- The Haunted Mansion, 2003 film based on the namesake attraction at Disney parks.
- Pirates of the Caribbean film series, released between 2003 and 2017, based on the namesake attraction at Disney parks.
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