Audiences have anxiously been awaiting the release of Jungle Cruise, an upcoming flick starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt that will be based on the Disneyland ride of the same name. The ride has loyal cohorts of fans and while both actors were at D23 Expo, they detailed how the legacy of the original ride was super important to making the upcoming film.
Emily Blunt kicked off the narrative explaining what Jungle Cruise drew influence from, noting that past popular movies gave the team a good foundation to work off of beyond the ride. She said,
During the D23 panel, Dwayne Johnson cracked a joke about why Emily Blunt’s heart was really racing, before getting more into the history of his take on the Jungle Cruise ride and why he and Blunt approached the Jungle Cruise film in a very specific way that will allow the movie to pay homage to what makes Jungle Cruise great.
Looking back on the history of Disney movies and parks, you may notice Disney doesn’t often jump on creating movies about Disneyland and Disney World rides. Typically, the rides come after the movies and not the other way around. I say typically.
The few times a movie has been based on a ride have varied wildly. People love Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow, but the various Pirates movies do vary in quality. Plus, I think Disney would probably like to forget the big screen take on The Haunted Mansion ride.
Dwayne Johnson has previously spoken out on how Pirates of the Caribbean inspired him to make Jungle Cruise, noting the way rides at Disneyland and the other parks have become iconic is the perfect reason to try to make the ride into a big screen vehicle.
Like Pirates, Jungle Cruise will also be adventure movie, with the main premise being our two leads searching for a tree that will possess healing powers. The movie wrapped filming and then re-wrapped three months ago, sharing a video at the time it finished production that also nodded at Walt Disney’s legacy.
Now, the flick is well on its way to hitting its July of 2020 release date (after being pushed back from late 2019, a movie slot will also feature Johnson’s Jumanji: The Next Level). See more with our full movies schedule.
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