Dwayne Johnson Set to Return for ‘Jungle Cruise’ Sequel That’s Already in the Works

by Suzanne Halliburton

Great news for fans of Dwayne Johnson and Jungle Cruise, one of the only blockbusters during the pandemic.

The movie earned a sequel, with Dwayne Johnson and fellow star Emily Blunt reprising their roles. That’s according to Deadline.com and Hollywood Reporter. Both sites broke the news Monday.

As Deadline noted, Jungle Cruise finally cracked $100 million in domestic box office receipts. That’s a hard-earned honor, given that the movie industry was hit particularly hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. Jungle Cruise is only the fifth movie to hit the important financial benchmark. The others were F9, A Quiet Place Part 2, Black Widow and Godzilla v. Kong.

The Dwayne Johnson movie actually pulled in $65 million during its first weekend in late July, when you total money generated by people watching on Disney+ Premier Access. While it crossed $100 million at the domestic box office this weekend, it’s made $187 million worldwide.

Dwayne Johnson tweeted the sequel news Monday morning. He wrote:

“ALL ABOARD. Mahalo to our buddy Borys_Kit for breaking the big Jungle Cruise sequel news!!! This is going to be FUN! Oh and cheers to Jungle Cruise just crossing $100M at the domestic box office.”

Dwayne Johnson Plays a Riverboat Captain in Movie

Jungle Cruise is based on a fun ride at Disney, but it appears to be a merger of two classic movies. When Disneyland opened in 1955, Jungle Cruise was one of its original rides. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie was in development for 15 years.

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt filmed the movie awhile back. It initially was set for a 2019 premiere. Then it was pushed back to summer, 2020. And Covid forced another reschedule.

Like the ride, the setting for Jungle Cruise is the Amazon River. It’s Johnson’s fourth movie for Disney, but his first since 2016 with Moana. Blunt also has four Disney movies to her credit.

Dwayne Johnson is a riverboat captain, while Blunt plays a researcher. It definitely gave off an African Queen vibe. That’s the Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn movie from 1951. It was set in Africa during World War I. Meanwhile, Jungle Cruise, specifically with Blunt, seems inspired by the Indiana Jones franchise.

Now, Jungle Cruise could be a franchise of its own. Audiences gave it good scores after seeing it. It’s received an aggregate grade of A- on Cinemascore, with a 92 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

And Dwayne Johnson thought it was cool enough to let the movie be part of his daughter’s birthday party last month. He threw a Jungle Cruise-themed party at Chuck E. Cheese to celebrate daughter Jazzy. The party was early in the morning, so it was more like a festive breakfast.

Johnson posted on Instagram: “Saturday: 8:30AM. (yes 8:30am ) Riding the Chuck E Cheese version of “Daddy’s JUNGLE CRUISE … “A big warm MAHALO to the Chuckee Cheese staff for coming in early morning to take such great care of our families.”