Disney has been flirting with the idea of making a movie based on Disneyland's famous Jungle Cruise ride for over ten years, when the surprise success of Pirates of the Caribbean was still fresh in everyone's minds. Since then, things have cooled off considerably (though a new Pirates is inexplicably still on the way), but now the film version has received a jolt of franchise Viagra: THR reports that Dwayne Johnson is attached to star.
An earlier iteration of this movie, intended for Tim Allen and Tom Hanks, was going to be set in modern day, but the newest version of the script — by Focus writers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra — will reportedly be a period piece in the vein of Humphrey Bogart's The African Queen.
I suppose Johnson's involvement shouldn't come as much of a shock, considering he's providing his voice to the upcoming Disney animated feature Moana, but it remains unclear as to exactly when he'll be able to fit in a project like this. With Central Intelligence currently filming and Baywatch, Furious 8, Rampage, Shazam, and another season of HBO's Ballers on his plate, he's a very busy guy. It's too early to tell whether a film like this is a good or bad idea, because it all depends on the script — just ask Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Maybe they'd be down to direct this after their Han Solo prequel film.