The action-adventure is based on the popular Walt Disney theme park ride, which takes passengers on a ride down a jungle river to encounter all sorts of exotic creatures. When the Tracking Board spoke to Collet-Serra recently, we tried to find out what would differentiate Jungle Cruise from Johnson’s current hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and all he would say is, “It’s just so different, but not only like the tone and the world. Everything is so different.”
The most recent draft of the Jungle Cruise script was written by Logan‘s recently Oscar-nominated screenwriter Michael Green, who rewrote an original draft by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. John Davis and John Fox are producing through Davis Entertainment along with Beau Flynn and his FlynnPictureCo., and Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia for Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon will also be overseeing the movie for FlynnPictureCo.
With plans to go into production in May, filming in Atlanta and Hawaii, Jungle Cruise will be Blunt’s third movie for Disney following the hit musical Into the Woods and her upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Blunt plays Poppins, of course.)
This story was first reported on by Variety.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor