If you didn't think Dwayne Johnson was attached to enough upcoming projects, then you're in luck because the action star is now signing on to bring Disney's languishing project Jungle Cruise back to life. Disney is bringing aboard filmmakers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra to craft the script. They recently wrote and directed the Will Smith and Margot Robbie con man drama Focus, but The Hollywood Reporter reveals they are not attached to direct.
Jungle Cruise was first set up by Disney way back in 2004, with Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar coming aboard to write the script in 2006. In 2011, Toy Story stars Tom Hanks and Tim Allen were attached to star, with Roger S.H. Schulman writing the script. That was the last we heard of the project, until Dwayne Johnson came aboard today.
Jungle Cruise is one of Disneyland's original attractions, which takes visitors through African rivers such as the Nile and Congo, where they encounter rhino and hippos, along with a section from South America's Amazon River, where visitors can see piranhas. The earlier version which had Tom Hanks and Tim Allen attached to star was said to have a modern-day setting, but this new version will take the story back to the ride's period roots. The story is said to be in the same vein as the 1952 classic The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, which was said to be one of the original inspirations for the ride itself. Here's what Dwayne Johnson had to say about the project in a statement.
"[Disney production president] Sean Bailey and Disney have been awesome partners and now the fun part begins ... We're starting to put in the work with Requa and Ficarra and our creative team. Fired up about this one. Here we go."
Jungle Cruise is still in early stages of development, and it isn't known where it will fit into Dwayne Johnson's burgeoning schedule. He is currently filming Central Intelligence, and he will start production on Baywatch early next year with Zac Efron. He is also attached to star in the video game adaptation Rampage, the Big Trouble in Little China remake, Fast & Furious 8 and Shazam!, along with lending his voice to Disney's Moana.