April 10, 2017: From Dwayne Johnson’s Instagram account
Surprise! Once I committed to our Disney partners to make the movie based off the JUNGLE CRUISE ride, I wanted to dive head first into the research.
So, I headed to Walt Disney World and surprised tourists by commandeering the JUNGLE CRUISE boat.
It was a GREAT day on the river. Learned a lot… for example, it takes approximately 12.6 minutes for all the passengers to get over the shock of me jumping on the boat and thinking I’m a DJ look-a-like. One passenger even said, “Oh the real Rock is much smaller than this guy”. I threw his ass off the boat.
Jokes aside (and yes, with me as the Cruise Skipper there will be an abundance of puns) this is such an amazing, fantastical and cool world to build out. Best part about this surprise research day was knowing how FUN of an experience we’re gonna work hard to create for families around the world. That’s the part that gets my excited the most.
The movie. The ride. The experience.
It’s the cruise of a lifetime. And trust me, you’ll want me as your Skipper. Just don’t forget to bring the Skipper’s beer.
Next step… we find our visionary director.
(I think the lady to my right is snapping a pic of my bootaaaay)
As announced previously here, Dwayne “The Rock’ Johnson will star in Disney’s new Jungle Cruise movie, based on the classic Disneyland ride. Johnson’s involvement once again puts the Jungle Cruise boat back into the water after a multiyear dry-dock phase.
Production begins Spring 2018.
Disney has been trying to mount a movie based on the popular ride since at least 2004, during the years of the multi-billion dollar success of ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ movies.
The studio last tried to develop the project as a starring vehicle for Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in early 2011.
Following the success of “The Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, Disney has pushed hard to find ways to use its various brand-name theme park attractions as a basis for feature films. A “Haunted Mansion” pic is currently in development with Ryan Gosling attached to star; an earlier “Haunted Mansion” film with Eddie Murphy did not succeed at the box office.
The Jungle Cruise is one of the Disneyland’s original rides and has a retro adventure vibe, transporting guests into African settings such as the Nile River and Congo River, encountering rhinos and hippos and headhunters along the way. There’s also an Amazon River section featuring piranhas and snakes.
While the Hanks-Allen iteration was to have been set in modern times, the new take brings the project back to its’ period roots with the intent to harken the new movie to classic jungle adventure movies such as ‘The African Queen’, the 1951 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn that was one of the original inspirations for the ride.
Johnson is pumped to take a ride down the river: “[Disney production president] Sean Bailey and Disney have been awesome partners and now the fun part begins. I’m fired up about this one. Here we go.”
The actor is already the lead voice in ‘Moana’, the animated blockbuster movie released last November. (Latest box office numbers: $635,463,984 worldwide as of March 2017, not including merchandise or DVD/Blu-Ray sales.)
“More entertaining than the backside of water” – Goofy
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