Disney is Officially Plotting “Jungle Cruise” Sequel

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in
Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt in "Jungle Cruise." Photo by Walt Disney Studios/Moviestore/Shutterstock (12191865a)

Disney scored one of its biggest hits of 2021 with Jungle Cruise, and it was just a matter of time before they announced its follow-up. After weeks of speculation, this hit movie is officially getting a sequel, with Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt set to return to their respective roles.

Jungle Cruise is based on one of the original Disneyland rides, first introduced when the theme park opened in 1955. It centers on a steamboat captain (Johnson) who leads a scientist (Blunt) and her brother down the Amazon River in search of the mythic Tree of Life.

Disney started plotting the adaptation of Jungle Cruise shortly after Pirates of the Caribbean proved that movies based on theme park attractions can draw large crowds to the theaters. After 15 years in development, this fantasy adventure film finally saw the light of day this summer and has grossed $187 million worldwide so far.

Johnson and Blunt confirmed they’re coming back for the sequel, but the return of Édgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons, and Paul Giamatti is not official just yet. Jaume Collet-Serra is expected to return as a director, with Michael Green writing the script.