Dwayne Johnson Confirms JUNGLE CRUISE Will Debut in Theaters and on Disney+
By Movieguide® Staff
Disney officially announced that their upcoming movie JUNGLE CRUISE would make its big-screen and Disney+ Premier debut on July 30.
Based on the beloved attraction at the Disney theme parks, the movie stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
Deadline reported: “Disney+ Premier means that the movie will be available for in-home purchase to Disney+ subscribers for $29.99 in those territories which have the streaming service. Previously, it looked like the Jaume Collet-Serra directed movie was destined strictly for theaters.”
Johnson announced the news on his Instagram hours before Disney’s earnings call on May 13.
“On JULY 30 JUNGLE CRUISE hits theaters AND your homes worldwide,” Johnson wrote on his Instagram. “It’s a pleasure to say WE’RE BACK IN THEATERS! And it’s a pleasure to say, WE WILL ALSO COME TO YOU! Join my ace Emily Blunt (the female Indiana Jones) and myself on THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME as our DISNEY’s JUNGLE CRUISE hits theaters and your living rooms ON THE SAME DAY – JULY 30.”
He continued: “The most important thing with our movie was to ALWAYS take care of families around the world by giving you options to watch it. Audience first. Let’s own our 2021 comeback as we get back into the swing of life – ALL ABOARD!! #JUNGLECRUISE #Disney. In theaters AND in your living rooms on Disney+ Premiere Access on JULY 30!!! And a big @teremana toast of gratitude from deep in my bones to a 20 year career dream come true.”
Despite Disney’s continued experimentation with putting movies out in theaters and Disney+, I hear from sources that it’s just temporary, even though Jungle Cruise is the fourth movie after Raya and the Last Dragon, Cruella, and Marvel’s Black Widow to be released in theaters and Disney+ Premier. Apparently, Disney does seek to revive the theatrical business is what I’m hearing. No. 3 exhibitor Cinemark, which refused to play Raya over its opening weekend due to stiff terms from Disney, has come around and made a deal with the Burbank, CA lot, among other studios as announced last week. Raya is playing in Cinemark locations as we speak now, and the Texas-based circuit is booking Black Widow. Despite the domestic box office comeback that is expected this summer, it’s a hodge-podge of different types of releases with those respecting the theatrical window, Warner Bros. and HBO Max’s day-and-date titles, and the theatrical/Disney+ Premier simultaneous release of it all.
With China poised to see blackout of movies during July according to Nancy Tartaglione’s intel, the Rock here can still enjoy an August launch in the PRC with Jungle Cruise where he is huge.
Jungle Cruise is written by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Josh Goldstein, Michael Green, and John Norville. Pic is produced by John Davis, Beau Flynn, John Fox, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia and Johnson. EPs are Douglas C. Merrifield and Scott Sheldon. Johnson’s Seven Bucks are reteaming with Collet-Serra on New Line/DC’s Black Adam which is currently shooting in Atlanta, GA.
Both Blunt and Johnson appeared in movies that were nominated at the Movieguide® Awards such as SKYSCRAPER (Johnson) and A QUIET PLACE (Blunt). Johnson’s THE GAME PLAN was also selected as one of the Best Movies for Families in 2007. Blunt’s MARY POPPINS RETURNS was one of the Best Movies for Families in 2018.
Movieguide® has yet to review JUNGLE CRUISE, but check back for a complete review before watching!