The filmmaker behind The Shallows is hitting the water once again for his next directorial effort.
EW has confirmed Jaume Collet-Serra — whose additional credits include 2009 horror flick Orphan and Liam Neeson’s 2014 thriller Non-Stop — will direct Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise film, starring Dwayne Johnson in a script adapted from the storyline of the popular theme park ride of the same name.
J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay (the team responsible for penning the upcoming sequel to Star Trek Beyond) have written the most recent draft of the Jungle Cruise script. Filming is set to begin in spring 2018.
In July, it was reported that Collet-Serra was in the running to helm the follow-up to Warner Bros.’ DC Comics actioner Suicide Squad, which soared to $745.6 million worldwide under the guidance of director David Ayer. According to Deadline, Collet-Serra is no longer involved in the superhero project. Representatives for the filmmaker and Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Johnson has been attached to star in and produce the Jungle Cruise project since 2015, tweeting about his intentions to find a “visionary” director for the project — one “who can balance huge action with comic charm” — back in April.
Grateful SOB to have Walt and Mickey watching over my shoulder as @danygarciaco and I embark on this amazing project. For our big #JungleCruise creative meeting at DISNEY’s highly secure R&D facilities, me and @danygarciaco were escorted into THE VAULT. A legitimate vault where all of Disney’s biggest secrets and plans are kept. Curtains were pulled back for us to reveal the actual drawn up plans that Walt Disney had his brother, Roy Disney take to New York to present to the bankers in 1950 for the potential loan to build what’s now known as Disney Land. Cant imagine what that meeting with bankers was like. Roy: Alright gentlemen, so me and my brother Walt, want to build the greatest multiple theme park attraction in the world. Banker: Oh that seems fun, Mr. Disney. Roy: *smiles in a playful mischievous manner, Oh yes my good man, it will have a few things that are in fact, fun. Well, clearly I don’t know how the hell men were actually talking in the 50’s, but what I do know is being able to star in and produce #JungleCruise is a dream come true. BUT what takes this to the next level, is that we’ll partner with Disney’s brilliant Imagineers to help re-engineer and re-design the #JungleCruise ride in all the Disney theme parks around the world. A very special opportunity for us and our @sevenbucksprod to create an unforgettable and fun EXPERIENCE for families around the world. And as Walt Disney himself would say… it’s magical. Next step is finding our visionary director. Exciting times. #JungleCruise #TheExperience #DisneyStudios #Imagineers #SevenBucksProds #WaltAndRockWouldveBeenBesties #AndWorkoutBuddies #WaltWouldveLovedMyJackedUpPickUpTruck 😉🤙🏾
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He later posted an Instagram photo posing in front of the original concept art for the classic Disney attraction which, according to him, he’ll partner with Imagineers to help “re-engineer and re-design” the ride at theme parks around the world.
Past big screen adaptations of beloved Disney parks properties include 2015’s Tomorrowland, 2003’s The Haunted Mansion, and the successful Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, which has amassed over $4.5 billion worldwide across five films released over the last 14 years.