Dwayne Johnson sets sail on Disney's Jungle Cruise film

  • IANS, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Aug 20, 2015 16:11 IST

Actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is teaming up with Disney to translate a theme park ride to the big screen. Johnson will star in Jungle Cruise while John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, the duo behind the Will Smith heist film Focus, have been tapped to write the script, reports hollywoodreporter.com.

Disney has been trying to helm a movie based on the popular safari theme based ride since at least 2004, during the years when the success of The Pirates of the Caribbean set sail many ride-based projects. Plot details have yet to be revealed for the adventure film.

Jungle Cruise is one of the Disneyland's original rides and has a retro adventure vibe, transporting parkgoers into a mélange of African settings such as the Nile river and Congo river, encountering rhinos and hippos and headhunters along the way. There's an Amazon river section featuring piranhas.

The studio last tried to develop the project as a starring vehicle for Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in early 2011 with writer Roger SH Schulman.

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