Disney is planning a sequel (Picture: Disney)
A sequel to Disney’s Jungle Cruise, starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, has officially set sail at the studio.
As the film chugs past $100million (£76.2m) at the US box office, Disney is ready to make it official, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The publication also reports that leads Johnson and Blunt, as wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and adventurous botanist Dr Lily Houghton respectively, are back on board for another ride.
Michael Green, who co-wrote the first film, is said to be back to pen the sequel, alongside director Jaume Collet-Serra and producers including John Davis, John Fox, Beau Flynn, Johnson, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and executive producer Scott Sheldon.
The film premiered via Disney’s recent simultaneous release strategy, adopted during the pandemic for its major blockbuster titles such as Cruella and Black Widow, which saw the film release on Friday July 30 both in cinemas and on Disney Plus via Premier Access, for an additional fee of £19.99.
Despite backlash from Marvel actor Scarlett Johansson, who has launched legal action against the studio for ‘breach of contract’ due to its dual release of Black Widow, it appears Blunt and Johnson were satisfied with the decision.
Johnson and Blunt are reportedly back to helm the second film (Picture: Disney)
The film has garnered star Johnson the highest Rotten Tomato score of his career, peaking at 94% for its audience score on July 31.
It’s since dipped slightly to 92% but sill sits in first place for the former WWE star ahead of such films as Moana and the Jumanji remake.
The movie is another based on one of Disney’s popular theme pack attractions, with Jungle Cruise an original opening day attraction from 1955 in Anaheim’s Disneyland.
It has since made its way across to Orlando’s Walt Disney World, as well as Hong Kong and Tokyo Disneyland.
The company has previously released films based on the Haunted Mansion, the Country Bear Jamboree and Tower of Terror.
Disney also saw huge success with the five-film Pirates of the Caribbean series, which have made over $4.5bn (£3.2bn) at the box office.
A sixth is currently in the works, as well as a female-led spin-off with Margot Robbie also in development.
Jungle Cruise is currently available to watch on Disney Plus with Premier Access.
Credit: Original article published here.