Dwayne Johnson wants Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins to helm his upcoming Jungle Cruise movie. Movies based on the rides at Disney parks are nothing new, and considering that the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is set to release its fifth installment in just a little less than a month from now, they’ve proven themselves to be financially capable vehicles for the studio as well. In fact, it’s shocking that more of the rides haven’t received the big screen treatment as of yet, which is why the announcement of a Jungle Cruise movie simply felt like a long time in the making when it came along. As it turns out, all the film really needed was for a movie star like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson to sign onto it.
It had been quite a long time since the actor was originally reported to be attached to the film, though, before Disney finally provided an update on the filming schedule for Jungle Cruise several weeks ago. Now hopefully, with a production schedule set for the film and one of the most popular movie stars in the world set to be its lead, it’s only a matter of time until more talent signs onto the film and the rest of the ensemble is set.
And it looks like The Rock already knows who he wants to direct it, who just so happens to be the filmmaker behind one of this year’s most-anticipated films. In a new AP profile for Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, the movie star talked about his love of Jenkins’ work, before revealing that he actually would want her to direct the Jungle Cruise movie at Disney:
“Patty has that really cool edge. I felt like she could be a really cool choice for a movie like ‘Jungle Cruise.’ Plus, you know what? I’m just a big fan.”
It’s not hard to see why The Rock thinks Jenkins would be a great choice for Jungle Cruise, based solely on the footage released from Wonder Woman thus far. After all, as those who have ridden the actual Jungle Cruise ride can attest, the film will have to strike a very difficult, fun balance between laugh out loud comedy and legitimately dangerous action adventure set pieces if it wants to be considered a success.
Coincidentally enough, that’s the exact kind of tonal balance that Jenkins herself has stated was her main goal when making Wonder Woman, and so far, it looks like she’s managed to capture it rather perfectly. So depending on how well Wonder Woman performs both critically and financially, it’s entirely possible that Jenkins will have her pick of the litter when it comes to follow-up projects. If the stars align well enough, her pick could very well wind up being Jungle Cruise.
We will bring you more information on Jungle Cruise as it becomes available.