Jungle Cruise Producer On Plans For The Sequel

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in The Jungle Cruise.
(Image credit: Disney)

Disney’s Jungle Cruise was a solid hit this past summer and while things in post-pandemic Hollywood are still more than a little weird, the movie’s success was good enough for Disney as a sequel was given the green light in short order. And it seems nobody is wasting any time on Jungle Cruise 2 as the director is already started some early work on the sequel despite already being hard at work on another major Dwayne Johnson release.

Hiram Garcia, one of Dwayne Johnson’s partners in Seven Bucks Productions, recently spoke with Variety and gave them an update on Jungle Cruise 2. While it’s clearly still too early for any specifics, Garcia revealed that director Jaume Collet-Serra is working on Jungle Cruise 2 while also being hard at work on post-production for Black Adam. And apparently co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt already have thoughts on what they want to see from their own characters in the sequel. According to Garcia... 

We're in development on it right now, we're cracking the story on it. We like to keep Jauma very busy, so he's in post on Black Adam but he's dabbling a little bit in the Jungle Cruise stuff, we're currently pushing that along. And it's so much fun because DJ and Emily are so involved in it, and really have such brilliant ideas about how they want to see their characters go. So we're hard at work on it, we're working on the story. And believe me, all I can say is that it's a big priority for us and a big priority for Disney to get that out, so we're working on it and it's moving along.

By far the most fun thing about Jungle Cruise was the chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. While the romantic chemistry of their characters in the movie wasn’t great, the two actors were clearly just having fun working together and that came through in the movie. 

The plot of a Jungle Cruise sequel, honestly, isn’t necessarily that big a deal. One assumes it will see the main characters in a new jungle, on a new river, probably in search of some other mystical MacGuffin. The Disneyland and Disney World attraction the movie was based on technically covers multiple rivers, so there are several more to choose a location for the new story. 

If a Jungle Cruise sequel is going to be as much fun as the first film, it will likely be because Johnson and Blunt have found a way to continue the fun together, while also making the story for their characters fresh. It will be interesting to see what these actors are thinking will be good for the characters in the sequel.

While Jungle Cruise 2 is certainly a couple years away at the very least, it’s probably one movie some fans will really be looking forward to checking out. 

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.