“Jungle Cruise” Sequel Writers “Grinding Away”
Without question, the release of Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” this summer captured audiences with its surprising plot twists, daring feats, and the hilarious chemistry between its stars, Dwayne Johnson and Emiily Blunt. Now, Seven Bucks Productions, owned by Johnson, confirmed that writers and directors there are hard at work on a sequel to the popular film.
“We have a room with people in it, and they’re working with … No, the truth is that we are grinding away on it. Look, we keep our directors very busy. … But we’re working with writers. We have an idea of what we want for the story, and we’re in the process of just pushing that along and honing it,” said Hiram Garcia, the producer of “Jungle Cruise” and president of production for Seven Bucks Productions, in a recent interview with Collider.
Though not green-lit yet, Garcia explained that the film is “a priority” for the studio with a number of writers pushing it towards that important next step all of the time.
“Jungle Cruise” Cast Also Set to Return
In the interview, Garcia also confirmed that both Blunt and Johnson are involved in the development of the adventurous sequel.
“They’re the best of friends now. They’re both so excited to do it, and they’re both so involved in the development. That’s something that they are all over us for to continue pushing along, so we were forging the way with that. But that family and that movie, for us and Disney, is such a priority, and that’s definitely something that will 100% be happening. We just have to craft that story, but that’s one of those that for sure gets a sequel,” Garcia elaborated in the Collider interview.
The film holds a special place in the heart of its star, Dwayne Johnson. A huge Disney fan, the Jungle Cruise attraction long held the title of “favorite ride” for the actor.
Despite mixed reviews when it released, “Jungle Cruise” grossed over $220 million worldwide when it opened on July 30, 2021 both in theatres and on Disney+. The film began development in 2004, thanks to Johnson’s passion for the attraction. It suffered many delays due to script revisions before receiving a green-light in 2018 with a release date projected just before the coronavirus shutdown theatres in March 2020. Hopefully, the production crews journey to the sequel goes a bit more smoothly.
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