Baywatch Bound Dwayne Johnson To Star In Disney’s Jungle Cruise

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

Disney has reportedly signed box-office heavyweight Dwayne Johnson to steer new franchise Jungle Cruise.

The movie is based on a popular theme park ride and the studio is hoping that they can replicate the huge success of their Pirates of the Caribbean films.

While there is no still no director attached, Crazy Stupid Love and Focus filmmakers John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have been hired to write the script.

The Jungle Cruise attraction, which is featured at several Disney parks around the world, was itself inspired by John Huston’s The African Queen (1951), starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn.

And while there is no word on the story for the new film, the Johnson vehicle will most likely mix action and comedy. The Rock will also voice Maui in the Disney animated film, Moana, due in 2016.

WWE star Johnson, aka The Rock, is enjoying a fantastic run at the box office having starred in Furious 7 (2015), which grossed over $1 billion globally, and San Andreas (2015), a disaster movie in which he played the lead, earning $468 million worldwide.

The action hero is also reportedly being lined up to star alongside Zac Efron in the big screen version of the popular 1990s TV show, Baywatch.

While a feature adaptation of the show has been in development for years, Paramount Pictures look set to start production next year if they are able to secure Neighbors heartthrob Efron and the muscle bound Johnson.

Horrible Bosses director Seth Gordon is in line to direct the project which could potentially be a monster summer hit in 2017.

One of the key reasons the small screen version of Baywatch was one of the world’s most popular shows because of its plethora of female beauties, such as Pamela Anderson and Yasmine Bleeth.

However, if Paramount can secure Efron and Johnson alongside a new team of beach babes, then the movie could be an almighty hit – appealing to multiple demographics.

Stay tuned for more news.

Source: THR

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