There have been postings of videos from the set for several months and according to all reports production on Disney’s live-action adaptation of their theme park ride “Jungle Cruise” went swimmingly and wrapped filming without issue in September.
That makes the news today surprising with leading man Dwayne Johnson revealing on Twitter that the film has been delayed a full nine months. Originally slated for October 11th 2019, the movie will now open in the more competitive July 24th 2020 summer slot.
Marking out that far in advance means the film presently has no real competition and plenty of time to complete post-production and effects work. Next October already has four films scheduled on that October date including the “Zombieland” sequel, the animated “Addams Family,” and adaptations of the novel “The Goldfinch” and the TV series “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”.
Johnson plays a boat captain who takes his sister (Emily Blunt) and her brother (Jack Whitehall) on a mission to find a tree believed to possess healing powers. Wild animals and a competing expedition figure into the proceedings with Edgar Ramirez, Jesse Plemons and Paul Giamatti co-starring. Michael Green, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay penned the script.