Continuing Disney‘s sporadic ride-to-film slate (anchored, of course, by the successful Pirates of the Caribbean series) is the upcoming Jungle Cruise, based on the ride that opened at Disneyland on the park’s first day in 1955.
It has had several updates since, I assure you.
Pumped to kick off the writing for our Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE. Great meeting w/ our writers Requa & Ficarra who last wrote and directed FOCUS w/ Will Smith and BAD SANTA w/ Billy Bob Thornton. Our goal is to push the envelope in a smart, edgy, epically fun way. Johnny Depp raised the bar with PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN.. now it’s our turn at bat to take an iconic Disney attraction and hopefully turn it into something dope and cool. I’ll keep y’all posted along the way. Here we go… #BigAdventureAwaits #ItsAPeriodMovie #DamnRightIWillStillBeHandsomeInThe1920s #JungleCruise
One of the last hashtags, you’ll note, is “#DamnRightIWillStillBeHandsomeInThe1920s.” The ride has a certain throwback charm with its roughly 1920s riverboat theme. And with Pirates being the only truly successful ride-to-film attempt to date (the less said about Haunted Mansion and Country Bears the better), emulating that formula makes perfect sense.
Which, I would imagine, makes adapting Space Mountain pretty tough.