The Disney ride “Jungle Cruise” has been exciting and amusing Disney Guests since it opened as one of the original Disney Parks’ rides in 1955, and the brand-new that’s inspired by it (and that stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt) has been equally successful so far. Just this weekend, it reached new heights by ascending past $100 million in the box office, and Disney has officially begun planning the sequel to the adventure movie. While this movie was set on a tropical island (and filmed in Hawaii, particularly on the island of Kauai), who knows where the next movie might take place! Adventure films often run the gamut of locations, switching from jungles to deserts to tundras and back again, so we might be in for some unique scenery down the road!
Disney was clearly pleased with how the movie turned out and its overall production, since the same team of people will be making it happen. The Rock and Emily Blunt will both be returning in their roles as skipper Frank Wolff and Dr. Lily Houghton, and Jaume Collet-Serra will be directing them once again. Executive producer Scott Sheldon will be back, and the returning producers are John Davis, John Fox, Beau Flynn, Johnson, Dany Garcia and Hiram Garcia. One of this new movie’s writers, Michael Green, is going to be in charge of writing the sequel’s story.
With fans’ appreciation of the first movie’s action-packed scenes and tongue-in-cheek humor (in keeping with the tone of the original ride in the Disney parks, in which ‘explorers’ trek down a river by boat and meet many dangers while being led by a ‘punny’ skipper), it seems likely that a sequel would do equally well. And with stars like the Rock and Emily Blunt leading the charge, success seems almost guaranteed. Dwayne Johnson and Blunt have both been favorites of Disney filmmakers in recent years, with Johnson playing leads in several Disney movies and Blunt starring as the new Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns.
Did you like the new movie? How do you think it compared to the ride, and are you looking forward to seeing more of the Rock and Emily Blunt’s characters in the sequel?