Disney wants to turn Jungle Cruise into a movie

Posted Friday, September 22, 2006 9:01 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Following the record-breaking success of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," Walt Disney Pictures is giving high-priority status to another potential adventure franchise based on a Disneyland ride. It is developing "Jungle Cruise," inspired by the ride in which parkgoers travel the jungle river guided by a riverboat skipper, encountering such wild creatures as piranhas and gorillas during their tour. The ride was one of the 22 original attractions when the park opened in 1955.

Read more from The Hollywood Reporter via Reuters.

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Friday, September 22, 2006 9:02 AM
Jeff's avatar Oh God, if they get the Smallville writers to do it, it's going to suck. That show has gotten worse every year with silly and repetitive plots.
Friday, September 22, 2006 9:18 AM
Well, as a former Jungle Cruise skipper, all I can say is....


Actually, I was pretty leary of the Pirates of the Caribbean movie and I couldn't have been more wrong. Maybe they can "loosely" base it on the Jungle Cruise, add some in jokes that reference the ride, but make it an "Indiana Jones" type movie.

Friday, September 22, 2006 9:32 AM
Exactly what the world does not need. The movie will turn out nothing like Jungle Cruise so they'll go and redo Jungle Cruise to resemble the movie and then we'll have to deal with all the Disney freaks ranting about the changes to the ride.
Friday, September 22, 2006 9:32 AM
Kick The Sky's avatar Isn't the Jungle Cruise already loosly based off the movie, "The African Queen"? I really see this turning out more like the Haunted Mansion rather than Pirates.

And, to be honest, the ONLY thing that makes the Jungle Cruise fun is the skippers. Try to put THAT into a movie.

Friday, September 22, 2006 9:42 AM
Again, I think it is possible to have Pirates success...but it could also end up being an expensive Country Bears. I'm glad I don't have the responsibility of writing the script.
Friday, September 22, 2006 10:13 AM
janfrederick's avatar I'm with KTS on this one. Then again, perhaps they could bring Bogey and Hepburn back from the great beyond with the use of CGI (Just Kidding! But I'm sure the thought has crossed someone's mind)

We'll see. I thought the Pirate's Movie was going to be a flop so what do I know. Then again, I didn't really enjoy it as much as millions of other people have...and I LIKE Depp.

Speaking of whom, does this mean we'll be seeing audio animatronics of Jude Law, or whoever they cast, popping out of a bush when they "update" the ride?

I'd have preferred Thunder Mountain myself. ;)

Friday, September 22, 2006 12:32 PM
Jeff's avatar Or Splash Mountain, but that would undoubtedly end up being a porno.
Friday, September 22, 2006 1:05 PM
Im worried it will be awful like Country Bears?Haunted Mansion and not the success like POTC.
Friday, September 22, 2006 3:37 PM
Actually spalsh mountain is based of a movie called song of the south.
Friday, September 22, 2006 4:06 PM
Coming Soon! Space Mountain, The Movie!!! (LOL)

Friday, September 22, 2006 4:58 PM
Kick The Sky's avatar Splash Mountain already has it's movie. It's based off of Song of the South, a movie that will never see the light of an "official" dvd from Disney. The movie's main character, Uncle Remus, who tells the tails of Brer Rabbit, is considered by many to be a racist characterization.
Friday, September 22, 2006 5:26 PM
To echo Wahoo Skipper: an Indianna Jones style movie would be good. The set and story of the jungle cruise attraction is pretty detailed, you could do a lot with good writing.

For some reason, I just keep seeing Jim Carey playing the skipper, stalking archeologists and anthropologists as they work along the river. Like a cross between Cable Guy and Cape Fear...

Is the attraction intended to represent a specific river, or do cast members use a fictional name?

Saturday, September 23, 2006 6:56 PM
What about In2The Jungle or whatever that one Disney Tim Allen movie was called? didn't they have to do some sort of cruise and get lost in the wild?
Saturday, September 23, 2006 7:34 PM
For me "Apocalypse Now" is the ultimate version of the Jungle Cruise. Especially the Redux-version has this feel of being a themepark ride on very bad drugs.
Sunday, September 24, 2006 1:05 PM
thats Jungle 2 Jungle, about Tim Allen somehow having a son in the amazon and he has to get used to being there for a bit while the kid has to get used to the city. I agree with the Indy style movie, that could work. Or something like Jurassic Park (book morso then the movie) where they float down the river and all.

I just hope its not another Haunted Mansion. That movie was a TERRIBLE let down, it could have been so much better in every sense of the imagination, and was such discrace to the ride itself. I wish they could go back and erase it and start over again. Tim Burton would have been a great director to give the story more of gothic feel.
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Sunday, September 24, 2006 10:30 PM
I like how they say the movie would be set in the 20th century, like that's soooooo long ago.
Monday, September 25, 2006 8:20 AM
The attraction represents for rivers: The Amazon, The Congo, The Mekong (SE Asia), and The Nile.
Thursday, September 28, 2006 6:58 AM
They didn't do a very good jon representing the Amazon. For one thing you could actually see the other side of the river! <G> (I was in Brazil last year, the Amazon is so wide you could easily place a dozen Mississippi Rivers (As seen from Memphis) Side-by-Side inside the Amazon with room to spare! ;) )
Monday, February 19, 2007 10:14 PM
Splash Mountain has a "Sing-a-Long" Video for it already.
It's already been made into a movie basically.

" I like how they say the movie would be set in the 20th century, like that's soooooo long ago."

That is 100 years ago, about the time when that would have been...


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