Movie News: Dwayne Johnson Joins Disney's 'Jungle Cruise'; 'Masters of the Universe' Nabs 'Thor' Writer

Movie News: Dwayne Johnson Joins Disney's 'Jungle Cruise'; 'Masters of the Universe' Nabs 'Thor' Writer

Aug 20, 2015

San Andreas

Jungle Cruise: Dwayne Johnson (San Andreas, above) is ready to take Disney's Jungle Cruise. The theme park ride, which debuted with the opening of Disneyland in 1955, heads to the big screen in an adventure that will be written by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra (Focus). Long in development, the new idea is to drew upon the ride's original inspirations, most notably John Huston's The African Queen, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. [Heat Vision]


Masters of the Universe

Masters of the Universe: The upcoming new version of Masters of the Universe (Dolph Lundgren in the 1987 version, above) will be rewritten by Christopher Yost (Thor, Thor: The Dark World). He's a veteran writer of Marvel animated TV  shows and movies, as well as multiple comic books. Previous drafts were penned by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) and, separately, Jeff Wadlow (Kick-Ass 2); the story "follows a warrior named Prince Adam who has the power to transform into the heroic He-Man." [Variety]


Dante's Inferno

Dante's Inferno: The first part of an epic 14th-century poem will serve as the inspiration for Dante's Inferno, a movie idea that has Warner Bros. "excited by its scale and franchise potential." (A 1935 film version, above.) Writer Dwain Worrell pitched it as an "epic love story" about a man bravely journeying through the nine circles of Hell to reach the woman he loves. [Deadline]


Blunt Force Trauma

Blunt Force Trauma Trailer: The intriguing first trailer for Blunt Force Trauma sets up an underground culture in which opponents duel with guns. Mickey Rourke, Ryan Kwanten, and Freida Pinto star; the movie is due out later this year. [Movieclips]

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