Dwayne Johnson will star in a film based on the classic Disneyland “Jungle Cruise” ride, according to The Hollywood Reporter. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, who wrote this year’s Will Smith and Margot Robbie film “Focus,” are on board to write the script (but are not currently attached to direct).
A “Jungle Boat” movie has been in some form of development since 2004, a year after “Pirates of the Caribbean” — itself based on a long-running Disneyland attraction — became a major hit, launching a multi-film franchise. The addition of Johnson, one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, has revived the project after a dormant phase.
The Jungle Cruise ride has been a part of Disneyland since it opened in 1955, and has since opened at multiple Disney Parks worldwide. THR reports that the current take on the “Jungle Cruise” film will be a period piece, hearkening back to the ride’s ’50s roots.
This is the latest step in a budding relationship between Johnson and Disney, who is voicing the character of Maui in the animated feature “Moana,” scheduled for release on Nov. 23, 2016. Johnson appeared this past weekend at Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, to promote “Moana.”
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