Disney has seen massive success in the past at adapting its amusement park attractions for the big screen, so it’s no surprise another is in the works. Walt Disney Studios is now looking to transform another one of its rides, Jungle Cruise, into a movie, this time with the help of Dwayne Johnson.
It's a formula that has proved lucrative for the studio, with its “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise earning about $3.7 billion worldwide since launching in 2003 with “The Curse of the Black Pearl."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johnson will star in and produce the live-action film, alongside his partner Dany Garcia, co-CEO of Seven Bucks Productions. Beau Flynn, one of Johnson’s longtime collaborators, is also in talks to produce. Flynn directed the earthquake action movie “San Andreas,” which starred Johnson as a rescue pilot who tries to save his family as a record-setting quake rips through the West Coast.
Johnson’s role in “Jungle Cruise” likely won’t be much of a stretch for the actor, who is just coming off filming the long-awaited “Jumanji” sequel. He has been filling up his already-busy schedule, with roles in Warner Bros.' Black Adam and Shazam! films as well as in "Rampage," director Brad Peyton's adaptation of the classic arcade game about giant monsters that destroy cities.
Despite having long abandoned his career in professional wrestling, Johnson is still connected to the scene. He is executive producing “Fighting With My Family,” a comedy-drama adaptation of a documentary about the rise of Saraya-Jade Bevis — also known by her stage name Paige — in the WWE. Johnson is also slated to appear in the film.
The Jungle Cruise is one of the most common rides found at Disney theme parks across the globe. The attraction simulates a river boat cruise along several of the world’s most famous waterways in the style of an adventuring 1930s British exploratory party. It includes numerous animatronic beasts and the entire adventure is narrated by one of the park’s employees playing a tour guide. While the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film took many liberties in reimagining that ride for the big screen, there’s no telling just how much of the actual Jungle Cruise will make it into the final movie.
Disney's "Jungle Cruise" is targeted to begin production in spring 2018.