Emily Blunt to Star With Dwayne Johnson in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’

According to sources talking to VarietyEmily Blunt is scheduled to co-star with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise.”

The film is based on the classic theme park attraction, which operates in  Disney Parks around the world and takes guests on a guided tour through the rivers of the world.

According to sources, Jaume Collet-Serra (Reverie, The Commuter, The Shallows) is on board to direct the film. Oscar nominee Michael Green (“Logan”) wrote the most recent draft of the script. He rewrote a screenplay by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

When talking to Disney about this movie, sources say Disney sees the film as another major franchise in the vein of its billion dollar “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.

Sources say Disney has been overjoyed with early footage of Blunt in “Mary Poppins” returns and that they are looking for a way to keep her in the family with another potential franchise.

I’ll admit I’m somewhat excited about the potential of this movie, but since it’s really early I’m not too excited…yet.  This announcement gives me some hope because this movie has another bankable, well-known star set for it. With this star power maybe, just maybe, there will be enough money spent on this movie to produce a quality picture that all of us can get excited about seeing.

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Jungle Cruise Remains Closed due to Hurricane Irma Clean Up

While Magic Kingdom re-opened yesterday following two days of closure for Hurricane Irma, the Jungle Cruise attraction remains closed at this time.

While the majority of the park is in good shape following the hurricane, the high winds caused considerable damage to the Jungle Cruise landscaping.  Disney is saying more time is needed to get the ride ready for guests.

The park schedule currently shows the ride will remain closed through September 17th, but this may change.

Dwayne Johnson Surprises Disney World Tourists and Commandeers Jungle Cruise Ride

It’s a jungle out there, all right.

Amid his global press tour for Universal Pictures’ The Fate of The Furious, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson managed to find the time to plug another project that’s close to his heart. “Surprise! Once I committed to our Disney partners to make JUNGLE CRUISE, I wanted to dive head first into the research,” the 44-year-old actor wrote in an Instagram caption Monday. “So I headed to Walt Disney World and surprised tourists by commandeering the JUNGLE CRUISE ride.”

Johnson, whose visit took place in early April, had a “GREAT day on the river.” He “learned a lot,” too. “For example, it takes approximately 12.6 minutes for all the passengers to get over the shock of me jumping on the boat and thinking I’m a DJ look-a-like. One passenger even said, ‘Oh, the real Rock is much smaller than this guy,'” the actor wrote. “I threw his ass off the boat.”

“Jokes aside (and yes, with me as the Cruise Skipper there will be plenty of puns) this is such an amazing, fantastical and cool world to build out. Best part about this surprise research day was knowing how FUN of an experience we’re gonna work hard to create for families around the world,” Johnson told his 82.5 million followers. “That’s the part that gets my excited the most.”

Johnson has been attached to star in the theme park-inspired film since 2015. Production is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018, with a wide release tentatively slated for 2019.

“Next step, is finding our visionary director to help build this world. The movie. The ride. The experience. It’s the cruise of a lifetime. And trust me, you’ll want me as your Skipper,” said Johnson, who voiced Maui in the studio’s megahit Moana. “Just don’t forget to bring my beer.”

Before Johnson begins production on Jungle Cruise, he’ll shoot New Line’s video game adaptation of Rampage later this spring—around the same time Paramount’s Baywatch reboot surfs into theaters. Later this summer, Johnson will begin filming Skyscraper in China, which will wrap in the fall. His next film, Columbia Pictures’ Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, is out Dec. 22.

From ENews

Disney to Make Maleficent and Jungle Book Sequels

A second Jon Favreau-directed Jungle Book will be made and Angelina Jolie will reprise her role in a Maleficent sequel, Disney has announced.
The studio also confirmed a Mary Poppins sequel, starring Emily Blunt, and 101 Dalmatians spin-off, Cruella.
The Mary Poppins film will also star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and performed in Broadway hit, Hamilton.

A Tim Burton-directed Dumbo and a “Tinker Bell project” starring Reese Witherspoon are also in development.

Also confirmed by Disney were a live-action adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s fantasy novel A Wrinkle In Time, the Dwayne Johnson-starring Jungle Cruise and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a Christmas story based on ETA Hoffman’s 19th Century tale.

Jon Favreau will helm a second film about the story of man-cub Mowgli

A second Jon Favreau-directed Jungle Book will be made and Angelina Jolie will reprise her role in a Maleficent sequel, Disney has announced.

The studio also confirmed a Mary Poppins sequel, starring Emily Blunt, and 101 Dalmatians spin-off, Cruella.

The Mary Poppins film will also star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote and performed in Broadway hit, Hamilton.

A Tim Burton-directed Dumbo and a “Tinker Bell project” starring Reese Witherspoon are also in development.

Also confirmed by Disney were a live-action adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s fantasy novel A Wrinkle In Time, the Dwayne Johnson-starring Jungle Cruise and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a Christmas story based on ETA Hoffman’s 19th Century tale.

The studio also confirmed writers for the projects, which include Kelly Marcel, who wrote the screenplays for Fifty Shades of Grey and Saving Mr Banks, penning the Cruella film, and Jennifer Lee, who wrote Frozen and Wreck-It Ralph, scripting A Wrinkle In Time.

While not confirming release dates for any of the films, the studio did announce a release schedule, which will see live-action films based on fairy tales released in July 2017, April 2018 and December 2019, and another two untitled films put out in March and December 2018.

From BBC News

Same-Day Reservations Test for Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen Extended

The same-day reservations test continues at the Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen following the original test period which ended on February 27th.

Reservations can be made at jungleskippercanteen.com or via 407-993-1933.

No word yet on when full reservations will be available. The restaurant is currently open daily for lunch and dinner.

Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen to Test Same-Day Dining Reservations

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The Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen in the Magic Kingdom will be testing same-day reservations later this month.

The test will run from February 12th through February 27th.   Guest will be able to make reservations at jungleskippercanteen.com or via 407-993-1933.

No word yet on when full reservations will be available. The restaurant is currently open daily for lunch and dinner on a walk-up basis.

Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen Soft Opens, Official Opening Date Set


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The Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen soft opened yesterday and will officially open on December 16th in Adventureland.

All service is on a walk-up basis only. No reservations are being accepted at this time, although is expected to change sometime in 2016.

The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and perhaps surprisingly and unlike the most recently opened restaurant, Be Our Guest, the Skipper Canteen does not serve alcohol.

Here is a look at the full menu.

Appetizers

S.E.A. Shu Mai
– A legendary blend of Pork, Shrimp, Mung Beans, and Spices wrapped in Gyoza Skin then steamed $10

Baladi Salad
– Classic Egyptian Salad consisting of a mix of Hearts of Romaine, Green Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Parsley, and Ambasha Bread tossed with Garlic $9

Falls Family Falafel
– A secret recipe of Chick Peas, Garlic, Onions, Lemon Juice, and Herbs served with White Bean Dip and Tomato-Cucumber Salad $8

Amazon Annie’s House-made Arepas
– A trip down the Amazon with Slow-cooked Beef, Black Beans, Tostones, and Queso Fresco $9.50

Ginger Grog of Hot and Sour Soup
– Flavored with ginger “not the crocodile” garlic, soy sauce, and rice wine vinegar finished with fresh egg, tofu, and wood ear mushrooms $7.50

Sustainable Fish Collar
– Broiled Collar served with a green papaya salad and yurt-soy sauce $11

Entrees

Rice Noodle Bowl
– Pho Broth served with choice of Chicken, Duck Breast, or Tofu served with Jalapeños and mix of fresh Herbs. Duck $23, Chicken $22, Tofu $20.

Grilled Lamb Chops
– Seasoned with a North African Berber Style Spice Blend served with green lentils stew $25

A Lot of Steak Salad
– We’re betting it all on this Thai-marinated Flank Steak tossed with Hearts of Romaine, Carrots, Red Peppers, Cucumbers, Red Onions, and Cherry Tomatoes with Asian Dressing $18

Char Shiu Pork
– Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin Medallions served with Chinese Broccoli and choice of Five-gran or White Rice $23

Curried Vegetable Crew Stew
– Served with Roasted Acorn Squash, Lentils, and Sautéed Collard Greens $17

Skip’s Mac and Cheese
– A typical Egyptian dish consisting of Spiced Ground Beef, Pasta, Béchamel Sauce, served with Broccoli $19

Trader Sam’s Head-On Shrimp
– Sustainable Local Farm Raised Shrimp tossed in a Chili-Garlic Sauce and served with Chinese Broccoli and choice of Five-grain or White rice $25

Sustainable Fish
– “Not Piranha” served over Chinese Broccoli, Carrots, Shiitake Mushrooms, and Red Bell Peppers in a fragrant Lemon Grass Broth (Market price)

“Tastes Like Chicken Because It Is!”
– Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast served with Stir-fried vegetables, Shiitake Fried Rice, and Hoisin Sauce $23

Dr. Falls’ Signature Grilled Steak
– Strip Loin Asado marinated in Sofrito and served with Yuca Planks, Avocado, and House-made Chimichurri $23

Desserts

Sugar-crusted Congee Pudding
– Caramelized Custard with Millet, Almonds, Apricot, Dates, and Honey-Almond Tuile $8

Coconut Bar with Pineapple-Basil Compote and Vanilla Cream
– Vanilla Chiffon Cake with Coconut and Lime–White Chocolate Ganache $8

Bertha’s Banh Bong Lan Cake with Mango Lime Sorbet
– Vanilla Chiffon Cake soaked with Lemon Grass-Ginger syrup $8

Kungaloosh!
– An African-inspired chocolate cake with caramelized banana served with cashew-caramel ice cream topped with coffee dust $8

Rumored New Details on the New Jungle Cruise Skipper Canteen

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Disney has yet to release any official information on the restaurant yet, so remember, what follows should be treated as speculation until confirmed.

Located in Adventureland just across from the Tree House, the restaurant will be table service for both lunch and dinner, with entrees averaging around $15 and desserts $8.

Capacity is expected to be approximately 220 guests, that will be split into multiple rooms. The main dining room will be the Mess Hall, with other smaller dining rooms leading from that central area, including reportedly one dining room that will be hidden behind a bookcase which once served as a secret meeting room of the famed Society of Explorers and Adventurers. There is also a Schweitzer family dining room, separate from the Mess Hall.

The menu is expected to be inspired by the rivers of the world, with an emphasis on African, Asian and South American cuisine. Menu items include Char sui Pork, Steak with Yuca Fries, Stir Fy, Falafel with a Cucumber Salsa, Pineapple Coconut Cake.

As you would expect from the name, there will be nods to the Jungle Cruise throughout, and servers will be dressed in the same costume as the Jungle Cruise skippers.

Two signature cups will be available for purchase with signature drinks including the Punchline Punch and Schweitzer Slushie.

Still no word yet on an opening date, but it will begin offering walk-ups only later in December, with reservations available following the initial walk-up only dining.

Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast Experience Coming to Disneyland

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A wild and once-in-a-lifetime experience is coming to Disneyland park. The Jungle Cruise Sunrise Safari Breakfast will take place on select dates from September 21 to December 2, 2015.

Your Sunrise Safari will begin with a welcome from the Jungle Navigation Company, Ltd., before you dive into breakfast on the African veldt of the world-famous Jungle Cruise attraction in Adventureland. I would be “lion” if I said this wasn’t a special opportunity — it’s not everyday that you get a chance to dine in the attraction.

Your roaring hunger is sure to be satisfied with an assortment of fresh pastries and scones, exotic fruit and chia parfait, eggs cooked to perfection, glazed pork belly bacon, pan-seared sausage and roasted golden potato-and-onion hash. Quench your thirst for adventure with an assortment of juices, freshly brewed coffee and specialty teas.

Following breakfast, you’re going to get a crash course in Jungle Skipper training before getting behind the wheel of your own boat to recite that famous spiel. Upon your Initiation into the elite “Fraternal League of Secret Skippers,” you’ll receive an exclusive keepsake—a tribal mask inspired by original concept art for the Jungle Cruise attraction.

Reservations are extremely limited and are now being accepted. Make yours here.

Dwayne Johnson to Star in ‘Jungle Cruise’ Movie

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Dwayne Johnson is teaming up with Disney to translate a theme park ride to the big screen.

Johnson is attached to star in Jungle Cruise, based on the classic ride, while John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, the duo behind the Will Smith heist movie Focus, have been tapped to write the script.

The duo, who have directed movies such as Focus and Crazy, Stupid, Love, are not attached to helm at this stage.

John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment, the banner behind Man From U.N.C.L.E., are producing.

Johnson’s involvement once again puts the Jungle boat back into the water after a multiyear dry-dock phase.

Disney has been trying to mount a movie based on the popular ride since at least 2004, during the years when the success of The Pirates of the Caribbean set sail many ride-based projects.

The studio last tried to develop the project as a starring vehicle for Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in early 2011 with writer Roger S.H. Schulman.

Jungle Cruise is one of the Disneyland’s original rides and has a retro adventure vibe, transporting parkgoers into a melange of African settings such as the Nile River and Congo River, encountering rhinos and hippos and headhunters along the way. There’s an Amazon River section featuring piranhas.

While the Hanks-Allen iteration was to have been set in modern times, the new take brings the project back to its’ period roots with even the intent to harken Cruise to movies such as The African Queen, the 1951 classic starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn adventure movie that was one of the original inspirations for the ride.

Johnson is pumped to take a ride down the river: “[Disney production president] Sean Bailey and Disney have been awesome partners and now the fun part begins … We’re starting to put in the work with Requa and Ficarra and our creative team. Fired up about this one. Here we go.”

The project is in early development, and it’s unclear where it would fit into Johnson’s busy schedule. The actor is currently shooting the action comedy Central Intelligence for New Line and will shoot Baywatch with Zac Efron early next year. He is also due to reteam with his San Andreas director Brad Peyton for New Line’s adaptation of the video game Rampage.

Also on the docket, although without any specific dates, are a new Fast & Furious movie and a Shazam!movie.

The actor already has an anchor in Disney by being a lead voice in Moana, the animated project that emerged as one of the buzzy movies out of company’s D23 Expo last weekend.

Kristin Burr is overseeing Cruise for Disney.

Johnson is repped by WME, The Garcia Companies and Gang Tyre. Requa and Ficarra, whose writing credits also include Cats & Dogs and Bad Santa, are repped by CAA and McKuin Frankel.

From The Hollywood Reporter

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