New Jungle Cruise images provide a look at Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt returning for reshoots. For decades, Disneyland’s Jungle Cruise has been one of the park’s standout attractions, despite the numerous new additions that have cropped up at the world-renowned amusement park over the years.
Originally opened in 1955, the Jungle Cruise involves a boat ride through a mysterious jungle setting, complete with a wisecracking guide and plenty of wild animatronic beasts and reptiles. With Disney’s recent moves to adapt some of their hit animated titles as live-action films, the time seems like it could also be right for a live-action take on one of the park’s longest-running attractions. It may have taken some time to finally get a Jungle Cruise film into production, but with the help of Johnson and Blunt, the new Disney film seems to be shaping up quite nicely (despite having to bump back its fall 2019 release date to a summer 2020 spot.)
Though Jungle Cruise wrapped its production back in September of 2018, both Johnson and Blunt have reunited once again for reshoots on the upcoming jungle adventure. Producer Hiram Garcia has shared a few stills via his Twitter account of the two stars back on set, with at least two of the images looking as though the reshoots might focus on events that transpire directly aboard the vessel captained by Johnson’s Frank. Check them out below.
It’s great to be back with our @JungleCruise family for some additional photography!— Hiram Garcia (@hhgarcia41) May 20, 2019
Love this team! 🚢❤️🌴#JaumeColletSerra @TheRock #EmilyBlunt #Leica #LeicaQ2 @LeicaCameraUSA #BnW #BlackAndWhite #OnLocation @DisneyStudios @flynnpictureco @SevenBucksProd pic.twitter.com/4ON7xN065j
Never get between a skipper and his boat.— Hiram Garcia (@hhgarcia41) May 26, 2019
Great week of additional photography on our @JungleCruise. Excited for you guys to see the world we’re crafting! #SkipperFrank #LeicaQ2 @LeicaCameraUSA #LaQuila #JungleCruise @TheRock @SevenBucksProd @DisneyStudios 🚢🐫❤️
SUMMER 2020 pic.twitter.com/hIaTgTnwki
Brilliant. Tough. Relentless. #LILY— Hiram Garcia (@hhgarcia41) May 29, 2019
The amazing #EmilyBlunt between takes. @JungleCruise #Leica #LeicaQ2 @LeicaCameraUSA @SevenBucksProd @flynnpictureco @DisneyStudios ❤️🌴🚢
SUMMER 2020 pic.twitter.com/9VRrIdsVXt
Jungle Cruise follows the adventures of Lily (Blunt) and her brother McGregor (Jack Whitehall) as they search for a mysterious tree in South America that has the ability to heal. After availing themselves of the services of Frank and his boat, the trio travel via river into the jungle, all the while being pursued by villains played by Edgar Ramirez and Jesse Plemons. Aside from having to push back its initial release date, Jungle Cruise has also already suffered a bit of controversy, after reports that comedian Whitehall’s character, McGregor, is a gay man behaving in a very stereotypical manner. At present, there's no indication that a portion of the ongoing reshoots will aim to remedy this situation, but Whitehall (who lives in London) is currently in the U.S., meaning reshoots could be a possibility for him as well.
Regardless of who is or isn’t coming back to reshoot scenes or dialogue for Jungle Cruise, the fact that the production has experienced several hiccups along the way shouldn't be seen as an indication of trouble. Reshoots are common, and in the past, numerous highly successful films have endured a similar tinkering prior to their release dates. The sole thing that could hold up Disney’s cruise, however, is a stereotypical gay character. Whether or not this will be corrected prior to the film’s release remains to be seen, but if it is, Jungle Cruise’s solid cast and Disney’s seal of quality could mean that it’s going to be smooth sailing come summer 2020.
Source: Hiram Garcia
- Jungle Cruise (2020) release date: Jul 24, 2020