Jungle Cruise 2 in the works at Disney
James R | On 01, Sep 2021
A sequel to Jungle Cruise is already in the works at Disney.
The film, which is inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. It sees intrepid researcher Dr Lily Houghton travel from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists the skills of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff to guide her downriver on La Quila — his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities — possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate hangs in the balance.
Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and co-starring Edgar Ramírez, Jack Whitehall, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti, the original film was released in cinemas on Friday 30th July and on Disney+ on the same day, with a £19.99 Premier Access fee. (Read our review here.)
It enjoyed a successful opening weekend, drawing approximately $90 million globally, including $34.2 million in US theatrical box office, $27.6 million in international box office and over $30 million in Disney+ Premier Access consumer spend. Now, as the film crosses the $100 million threshold at the US box office, Deadline reports that a sequel is moving forward.
Both Johnson and Blunt are expected to return, with Collet-Serra also signed on to helm once more, along with Michael Green, who’s also back to write the script.
The news comes as Disney faces some backlash for its Disney+ distribution strategy, with Scarlett Johansson filing a lawsuit against the company for its day-and-date release of Black Widow. It also follows a deal with Emma Stone for a sequel to Cruella, another film that was released both in cinemas and on Disney+ at the same time.