Where would we be in this world without The Rock's Instagram. Not only is he very often sharing workout photos in a tight muscle shirt, he is also constantly sharing all of the movie news we can handle. Case in point, he has just opened up about his big Disney movie, Jungle Cruise. The writing process has just started on the movie, which he is involved with. It will be a fun and edgy movie. And it's set an a very distinct time period. Dwayne Johnson explains.
"Pumped to kick off the writing for our Disney's JUNGLE CRUISE. Great meeting w/ our writers Requa & Ficarra who last wrote and directed FOCUS w/ Will Smith and BAD SANTA w/ Billy Bob Thornton. Our goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way. Johnny Depp raised the bar with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.. now it's our turn at bat to take an iconic Disney attraction and hopefully turn it into something dope and cool. I'll keep y'all posted along the way. Here we go... #BigAdventureAwaits #ItsAPeriodMovie #DamnRightIWillStillBeHandsomeInThe1920s #JungleCruise"
The Jungle Cruise ride at Disneyland is firmly set in the 1920s, transporting tourists back to a more innocent time. Something the movie seems to be striving for. This falls in line with Pirates of The Caribbean, another Disney theme park ride turned into a lucrative film franchise. Like the ride it is based on, it is set in the mid-1700s. 2002's The Country Bears and 2003's The Haunted Mansion were set in modern times, and look how that turned out.
Disney's Jungle Cruise has been in the works for quite a few years. In 2011, it looked like Toy Story cohorts Tom Hanks and Tim Allen would finally appear together in the flesh as they took on the live-action adventure. That iteration of the project fell apart, and it wasn't until earlier this year that Disney finally got the movie back on track. Though no other creative forces have been announced, and it isn't known who may join The Rock on this ride.
According to Dwayne Johnson's update, Jungle Cruise does not have a script set yet. As you can see, it is being penned by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, who have tackled a number of different genres with varying success. Along with Focus and Bad Santa, two movies that couldn't be more different from each other, the pair has also collaborated on the Steve Carell romantic comedy Crazy Stupid Love and the family movie Cats and Dogs. What do these movies all have in common? Nothing! We can't even say they are all good or bad, as they curve through the spectrum with abandoned. Looking at their past work, it's hard to tell what kind of movie Jungle Cruise will even be. But comparing it to Pirates of The Caribbean in tone seems to be a good jumping off point.
Jungle Cruise was a theme park ride that debuted at Disneyland in 1955. It would later be brought to all of the Disney parks around the world, and is still one of the most popular attractions today. Though, the ride isn't necessarily flush with a narrative backbone. Riders are taken down a series of major rivers from all over the globe, where they encounter wild animals and angry natives. There are plenty of iconic animatronic scenes littered throughout the ride, which will likely wind up on screen. Thus far we know it will be fun, edgy, cool and set in the 1920s. That's a good place to start, huh?