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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When I first heard that Dwayne Johnson signed on to Disney’s Jungle Cruise, I’ll admit that I was a bit lukewarm on the whole idea. It mostly had to do with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. It just felt so weird for there to be two jungle movies starring Dwayne Johnson so close together. How would they manage to differentiate these two brands?

This is honestly a question I’ve been asking ever since the movie was announced, and it was only after hearing comments from our own James Burns after his D23 experience that I understood the difference. Jungle Cruise would be its own unique beast. Sorta.

Check out the trailer below:

So while Jungle Cruise doesn’t feel anything like Jumanji, I will say it feels an awful lot like another franchise: The Mummy. And not the crappy Tom Cruise one, nor the classic from like the ‘30s, but the amazing Brendan Fraser-starring one from the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. It takes that, mixes a bit of the Pirates of the Caribbean tone, and you have a potentially-exciting new film I.P.

Below is the official synopsis for Jungle Cruise:

“Inspired by the famous Disneyland theme park ride, Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE is an adventure-filled, Amazon-jungle expedition starring Dwayne Johnson as the charismatic riverboat captain and Emily Blunt as a determined explorer on a research mission.”

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SOURCE: Disney

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.