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Disney's Jungle Cruise movie swings into production with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt

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Jul 31, 2018

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Skyscraper) and Emily Blunt (A Quiet Place) go full Bogart and Hepburn in a short video announcing that Disney's Jungle Cruise movie has now entered production.

Evoking classic adventure/romance films like The African Queen and Romancing the Stone with their old-timey costumes, the two actors comically spar with each other when Johnson interrupts Blunt's introduction. 

"This was just supposed to be my thing," says an annoyed Blunt, standing on a lit jungle path leading off to the official set. However, the two make up and state that Jungle Cruise is a "love story" and "the adventure of a lifetime."

Based on the river boat ride at Disney parks around the world, the film (taking certain inspiration from the swashbuckling serial adventures of old) follows a group of adventurers who embark on a jungle expedition to find a tree with mystical healing powers. Johnson plays the boat's captain, Frank, while Blunt plays Lily Houghton, one part of a brother-sister duo looking for said tree. And if the Indiana Jones vibe wasn't hitting you hard enough, there's a German boat searching for the same MacGuffin.

This is the third Disney movie to be based on a real-world theme park attraction after Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion in 2003. While the latter didn't work out so well (it's basically an obscure footnote of cinematic history at this point), Pirates went on to become a multi-billion dollar franchise that is still going strong today. If the company plays its cards right with this latest ride adaptation, the money (and endless sequels) will come rolling in.

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan, The Shallows), Jungle Cruise sails into theaters Oct. 11, 2019. Jesse Plemons, Edgar Ramírez, Paul Giamatti, and Jack Whitehall will all co-star.