Jungle Cruise (film)

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Jungle Cruise
Jungle Cruise - theatrical poster.png
Theatrical release poster with previous release date
Directed byJaume Collet-Serra
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • John Norville
  • Josh Goldstein
  • Glenn Ficarra
  • John Requa
Based onJungle Cruise
by Walt Disney
Music by
CinematographyFlavio Labiano
Edited byJoel Negron

| distributor = Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

| released =

  • July 30, 2021 (2021-07-30) (United States)

| runtime = | country = United States | language = English | budget = | gross = }} Jungle Cruise is an upcoming American adventure film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra from a story by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa and a screenplay written by Michael Green, Ficarra and Requa, based on Walt Disney's theme park attraction of the same name. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures, the film stars Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti.

Jungle Cruise is scheduled to be released on July 30, 2021 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.


Set during the early 20th century, a riverboat captain named Frank takes a scientist and her brother on a mission into a jungle to find the Tree of Life which is believed to possess healing powers. All the while, the trio must fight against dangerous wild animals and a competing German expedition.



Early versions[edit]

In September 2004, it was announced that Jungle Cruise would be developed for Mandeville Films, with a script by Josh Goldstein & John Norville. The film was loosely inspired by the theme park attraction of the same name. The film was announced to take place within the twentieth century.[4] In February 2011, it was announced that Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, who had previously worked together in the Toy Story franchise, would star in the long-gestating film, with a script to be written by Roger S. H. Schulman.[5]


In August 2015, it was announced that Walt Disney Pictures was redeveloping its film adaptation based on Jungle Cruises, to star Dwayne Johnson.[6] The script was originally written by John Norville and Josh Goldstein, and would be written by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, and the film produced by John Davis and John Fox, with the intention to harken back to its period roots.[6] In April 2017, Johnson expressed his interest in having Patty Jenkins helm the project,[7] but in July 2017, Jaume Collet-Serra was announced as the director of the film.[8]

In January 2018, Emily Blunt joined the cast.[9] The same month, Michael Green was reported to have rewritten the script, previously worked on by Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne.[10] In March 2018, Jack Whitehall joined the cast to portray the brother of Blunt's character.[11][12] In April 2018, Édgar Ramírez and Jesse Plemons joined the cast to portray villains with the former being "a man with a conquistador background".[13][14] In May 2018, Paul Giamatti joined the cast to portray a “crusty harbormaster.”[15] In June 2018, Quim Gutiérrez joined the cast to portray one of the villains.[16]

In December 2018, it was reported that Whitehall's character would be gay and would have a coming out scene in the film with Johnson.[3] This would be the second incidence of a gay character in a live-action Disney film, the first being Le Fou, portrayed by Josh Gad, in the 2017 adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. There was some backlash over the report, with some online expressing anger over a straight man being cast as a "camp" gay character.[17]


Principal photography began on May 14, 2018, in Hawaii and Atlanta.[18] Filming wrapped after several months on September 14.[19]


Joel Negron serves as editor on the film, with DNEG, Industrial Light & Magic, Rodeo FX, Rising Sun Pictures and Weta Digital providing the visual effects.[20][21]


On January 23, 2019, it was announced that James Newton Howard was hired to create the musical score of the film.[22] On August 4, 2020, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich revealed that the band and Howard worked on an instrumental version of the song "Nothing Else Matters" for the film. According to Ulrich, the band joined the film after Walt Disney Pictures president and Metallica fan Sean Bailey, who has "always looked for the right match where there was a way that Metallica could contribute to some [Disney] project", felt that Jungle Cruise was "the right fit" for the band and Disney to collaborate.[23]


Jungle Cruise is scheduled to be released on July 30, 2021.[24] Initially, it was slated for October 11, 2019 before being moved to July 24, 2020,[25] and was delayed to its current date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jungle Cruise". Writers Guild of America West. Retrieved December 7, 2020.
  2. ^ "Disney's Jungle Cruise Casts Edgar Ramírez As Its Villain". ScreenRant. April 18, 2018. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Disney's 'Jungle Cruise' Has Coming Out Scene with Openly Gay Character". TMZ. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  4. ^ Stix (September 21, 2006). "Jungle Cruises to Big Screen". IGN. Retrieved March 22, 2007.
  5. ^ Young, John (February 18, 2011). "Disney pairing Tom Hanks and Tim Allen for 'Jungle Cruise'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Kit, Borys (April 9, 2015). "Dwayne Johnson to Star in 'Jungle Cruise' Movie for Disney (Exclusive)". Deadline. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  7. ^ "Dwayne Johnson Wants Patty Jenkins to Direct 'Jungle Cruise'".
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (July 31, 2017). "Jaume Collet-Serra To Direct Dwayne Johnson In 'Jungle Cruise': No 'Suicide Squad 2'". Deadline Hollywood.
  9. ^ N'Duka, Amanda (January 30, 2018). "Emily Blunt Joins Dwayne Johnson in Disney's 'Jungle Cruise'". Deadline. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (January 30, 2018). "Emily Blunt to Star With Dwayne Johnson in Disney's Jungle Cruise (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 26, 2018). "'Jungle Cruise' Taps British Comedian Jack Whitehall to Star With Dwayne Johnson (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  12. ^ "Jack Whitehall to play Disney's first openly gay character in new film". Gay Star News. August 12, 2018. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Edgar Ramirez Joins Dwayne Johnson in 'Jungle Cruise' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ Kroll, Justin (April 19, 2018). "Jesse Plemons Lands Villain Role Opposite Dwayne Johnson in Disney's 'Jungle Cruise' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
  15. ^ "Paul Giamatti Joins Dwayne Johnson in Disney's 'Jungle Cruise' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  16. ^ Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ Adds Spain’s Quim Gutiérrez (EXCLUSIVE)
  17. ^ "Disney slammed after reportedly casting Jack Whitehall as gay character in "Jungle Cruise"". www.cbsnews.com. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Kicks Off 'Hardcore' Eight-Month Workout Program". May 11, 2018.
  19. ^ Jungle Cruise’ shooting finally wrapped up
  20. ^ "Jungle Cruise". Industrial Light & Magic. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  21. ^ "Jungle Cruise". Weta Digital. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
  22. ^ "James Newton Howard to Score Disney's 'Jungle Cruise'". January 23, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  23. ^ "Exclusive: Metallica's Lars Ulrich Talks Working on 'Jungle Cruise' Score for Disney". Collider. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  24. ^ a b Welk, Brian (April 3, 2020). "'Black Widow' Moves to November as Other MCU Films Shift Back to 2021, 2022". The Wrap. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  25. ^ Welk, Brian (October 19, 2018). "Dwayne Johnson's 'Jungle Cruise' Release Pushed Back 9 Months to Summer 2020". thewrap.com. Retrieved October 19, 2018.

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