When it was announced that Dwayne The Rock Johnson is cast in the leading role for the Jungle Cruise movie, people started to talk about how Johnson really likes to be in the Jungle. Rampage, Jumanji, and its sequel all have jungle set pieces. What many people do not know is that the movie has been in production hell for at least a decade and Dwayne Johnson was somewhat attached to the project since 2015. The movie just didn’t get a good script and no one wanted to direct it.
In 2017, the production of the movie officially began. Dwayne made a couple of tweets about it. However, the attention was glued to his recent surprise success in Jumanji. The comedy led by The Rock and supported by a great cast including Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillian, and Nick Jonas made nearly a billion dollars in the global box office. It also had legs and managed to last in theaters for two months making good money. When it was released on various digital platforms and Blu-Rays, it also made a good chunk of cash.
The Rock has a very busy schedule. He is always on the move and even has a portable gym with a personal trainer that travels with him to various movie sets. It turns out that it spent a long period near the set of the Jungle Cruise that wrapped filming in 2018. Several months of post-production and a couple of reshoots to make sure that the movie is good to go made it clear that the closest release date is the end of 2019. However, it was also the moment when Jumanji: The Next Level was set to premiere.
Disney decided to move and postponed the release until July 30, 2020. It was supposed to follow up one of the biggest hopes of Disney for the 2020 movie year — Mulan. Despite various controversies and problems with filming, Mulan is a highly anticipated live-action adaptation of a Disney classic that was supposed to make over a billion in the global box office and pave the way for the Jungle Cruise.
Now, the current coronavirus outbreak is affecting all parts of the entertainment industry. Many companies have to adapt to a wildly unpredictable SARS Cov-2 outbreak that threatens to forever change the very landscape of the entertainment industry so reliant on sticking to schedules. With many theaters closing down and hundreds of productions halted indefinitely, it is hard to imagine how big studios will fare in the nearest future.
The Jungle Cruise seemingly has everything under control. The post production is done, the movie is pretty much ready for release. However, it will be laying on the shelves for a while. It was announced that the next Dwayne Johnson movie is postponed to July 30, 2021. The news came from Dwayne Johnson himself. He decided to make the announcement on his personal Instagram page.
In the short video, the superstar said that the highly anticipated film will be postponed and that it will be worth the waiting. In his regular cheerful manner, The Rock stated that it is an amazing film that he really wants to share with everyone. However, he and the studio understand the current situation and decided to release the movie when it is safe for everyone to go and see it.
The Jungle Cruise is certainly not the only movie with a release date affected by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The biggest entry to the Fast & Furious franchise yet is also pushed back for a year. Morbius starring Jared Leto and No Time to Die led by Daniel Craig are both delayed by at least 7 months. Disney also pushes back Black Widow which was supposed to be released in May 2020. The Eternals will grace the big screen sometime in 2021.
An important part of this conversation is the availability of release dates. You see, Hollywood studios usually book release dates in advance meaning that the current pandemic messed up schedules and brought chaos to an otherwise very collected and organized queue of films. It is hard to find a good empty spot for every single blockbuster currently in post production or filming.
Hopefully, we all will get through this crisis as soon as possible. While it is sad that the entertainment industry is suffering, there are many other important industries that will most certainly feel the consequences of the virus for years to come.