THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt’s Jungle Cruise is sailing into a later release date. The Disney film will now open in the heart of summer movie season on July 24, 2020.
The film previously had been scheduled for Oct. 10, 2019. Jungle Cruise is the only project with a title set for that date, though Warner Bros. has an untitled DC film and Sony has an untitled animated franchise movie currently slotted in that spot.
The Shallows filmmaker Jaume Collet-Serra is helming Jungle Cruise, which is set in the early 20th century and takes place in the Amazon jungle. Johnson stars as a boat captain who takes a sister (Blunt) and brother (Jack Whitehall) on a journey to find a tree believed to have healing powers. Along the way, they must deal with wild animals and a competing German expedition. Paul Giamatti is also starring.
Beau Flynn, John Davis and John Fox are producing, as are Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. Scott Sheldon is co-producing.
“Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages. My partner in crime, Emily Blunt and I, lovingly invite you to join us for THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME. All aboard,” Johnson tweeted Friday. Jungle Cruise wrapped filming in September.
Disney also undated an untitled Marvel movie, unsetting it from July 31, 2020. Little is known about Marvel Studios’ plans beyond next summer’s Avengers 4 and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Before he was fired as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, James Gunn had said that film would open in 2020, and there had been speculation the film would open in that date or a May 1, 2020 slot, however, Marvel Studios never officially dated the film.
Well, I kind of love this news. I’m a huge Disney fan–both movies and parks, and the Jungle Cruise attraction is no exception. Here’s to hoping this film turns out to be great, it’s certainly a step closer to achieving that now!
VARIETY – Emily Blunt is set to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s “Jungle Cruise,” sources tell Variety.
Jaume Collet-Serra is on board to direct the film based on the Walt Disney World ride. Oscar nominee Michael Green (“Logan”) penned the most recent draft of the script. He rewrote a screenplay by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. The film is based on the classic theme park attraction, which operates in several Disney Parks across the globe and takes guests on a guided tour through the rivers of the world.
Disney sees the film as another major franchise in the vein of its billion dollar “Pirates of the Caribbean” series and Johnson and Collet-Serra have found time in the stars busy schedule to map out how they see this film going.
Johnson and the team see the film inspired by “The African Queen” starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn and hope to see the similar kind of chemistry with this pairing. Sources say Disney has been over the moon with early footage of Blunt in “Mary Poppins” returns and was looking for a way to keep her in the family with another potential franchise.
Johnson is coming off his monster hit “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” which just crossed the $800 million world wide box office milestone which includes $337 million at the domestic box office. The star has busy 2018 ahead of him with his tentpoles “Rampage” and “Skyscraper” both bowing this year.
John Davis and John Fox will produce via Davis Entertainment; Beau Flynn will produce with his FlynnPictureCo. banner; and Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia will produce through Seven Bucks Productions. Scott Sheldon is co-producing.
“Jungle Cruise” is currently slated to go into production in May.
The film marks Blunt’s third collaboration with Disney, having previously worked on the musical “Into the Woods” and the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns,” where she will star as the title character opposite Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Blunt can be seen next in Paramount’s supernatural horror film “A Quiet Place” opposite husband John Krasinski, who is also directing. She is repped by CAA and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.