Disney's upcoming adventure film, Jungle Cruise, delayed its release by an entire year due to the Covid-19 pandemic
Hiram Garcia has talked about Jungle Cruise and why the next Disney movie was delayed for a whole year. Based on the Disney theme park attraction of the same name, the film stars Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
While the film was originally scheduled to premiere in July 2020, the Jungle Cruise was delayed until 2021 in April. The production joined a list of Disney films that have been postponed their release due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However it is curious that Mulan moved to July this year and finally moved to Disney + instead of receiving a theatrical release.
Variety interviewed Hiram Garcia, president of Seven Bucks Productions and a close friend of Johnson, who provided information on the delay of Jungle Cruise. Seven Bucks Productions is one of the companies leading the project, and Garcia highlights that the film is “one of [his] biggest babies.” Furthermore, he says the film's delay was initially driven by a desire to protect the audience. Garcia also emphasizes that he feels it is “a truly great family adventure film,” and that it is the kind of film that would embody the spirit of celebration when viewers can finally return to theaters. As a result, he claims that he fully agreed with Disney in the decision to delay the Jungle Cruise to 2021.
Despite his enthusiasm for the Jungle Cruise, Garcia does not say whether the new July 2021 launch date will stick around. He acknowledges the ever-changing environment the pandemic has created and stresses that no one really knows what is to come. While he says that “fingers crossed” the COVID-19 pandemic has peaked, he cautions that it is impossible to really know. While Jungle Cruise fans may reject Garcia's evasive response, he is correct in saying that it is all up in the air. After all, while filming for countless movies and TV shows has resumed, the pandemic still continues, making the launch of the Jungle Cruise uncertain.
Although the Jungle Cruise is currently on hold, Garcia seems convinced the wait will be worth it. With A-list stars like Johnson and Blunt on board, the Jungle Cruise is sure to be a treat, even if it doesn't premiere until 2021. Still, the wait can be frustrating for those who are itching to catch an action-packed, packed movie. adventure, both Disney and Garcia have the right idea, and prevention is actually better than cure.
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