Deadline reports that Jaume Collet-Serra (The Shallows, Non-Stop) is set to direct Disney’s Jungle Cruise, a live-action film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson based on the theme park ride of the same name.
This means that Collet-Serra is no longer in the running to helm Suicide Squad 2, the sequel to last year’s supervillain team-up movie that grossed $745.6 million at the worldwide box office. The director was said to be the front-runner for the gig after David Ayer decided to not return for the sequel and instead work on Gotham City Sirens.
According to Deadline, Collet-Serra went with Jungle Cruise because he believed that taking the helm of a new action franchise starring Johnson was a better opportunity than continuing another director’s storyline with the Squad sequel.
Jungle Cruise‘s most recent draft was penned by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the duo behind the upcoming fouth installment in the rebooted Star Trek series. Production on Jungle Cruise is expected to begin next spring.
Disney has yet to announce a release date for Jungle Cruise.
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