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Disney’s ‘The Jungle Cruise’ Starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson

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Add another must-see to the list for 2019. In October of next year, Disney’s ‘The Jungle Cruise’ will hit theaters. Yes, it’s another Disney film based upon a famous Disney attraction. It’s hard to know what to expect with these endeavors, especially since Disney has had successes and failures when adapting theme park rides into full-length films. Where 2003’s The Haunted Mansion didn’t garner much acclaim, the Pirates of the Caribbean films were widely successful. The Jungle Book live-action adaption did fairly well, and yet their film The Country Bears flopped. It seems that park-attractions-turned-films are either a hit or miss. But thankfully, with Emily Blunt and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson starring in Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ we can only hope for a good mix of dry humor, dad jokes and an all-around good time.

Disney’s ‘The Jungle Cruise’ Will Star Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson

A promotional teaser video appeared on YouTube, Twitter, and other social media sites on Tuesday, featuring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson on the set of The Jungle Cruise. The video doesn’t give fans much to go on, except for the fact that the film will be a love story. Blunt and Johnson engage in a scripted banter that evokes an overall feeling of what the co-stars’ relationship in the movie will be like. And if that’s anything to go on, then The Jungle Cruise will be a good time. The film’s director is Jaume Collet-Sera, most known for his films House of Wax, Orphan, and Unknown. Dwayne Johnson’s recent film release was Skyscraper. And you probably remember Emily Blunt most for her recent role in the thriller, The Girl on the TrainThe Jungle Cruise has been in talks for years now. The first mention of the film was way back in 2006. It was again mentioned in 2011. Despite the idea being put on the back burner a couple of times, production is now in full swing! 

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Disney’s ‘The Jungle Cruise’ Starring Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson. Featured Photo Credit: Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Tom Hooper to Direct ‘Cats’ the Musical Movie Starring Ian McKellen, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift

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Andrew Lloyd Weber’s acclaimed musical Cats will sing and dance its way to the big screen with a star-studded cast. The very thought of this revival is surely giving all of the musical theater fans goosebumps. While it’s provoking excitement in some, it’s surely provoking a tinge of scepticism in others. However, the casting is pretty solid. Cats has already confirmed stars such as Ian McKellen, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, and—this one is a bit perplexing—Taylor Swift.  Surely, with all of the big names in place, as well as Tom Hooper directing, Cats will earn a new generation of fans, and hopefully, please the rest of us who already love the legendary masterpiece.

‘Cats’ the Musical Movie Starring Ian McKellen, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift

The good news is Tom Hooper is not a stranger to musicals. Hooper directed the Oscar-winning film, The King’s Speech, as well as 2012’s Les Misérables. Les Misérables—based on the classic novel by Victor Hugo—was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning three Oscars when all was said and done. Obviously, Tom Hooper’s team up with Working Title and Universal worked really well before. Les Mis was gorgeously done, with absolutely brilliant casting, despite what some critics might say. If Les Mis is any indicator as to this future production of Cats, then we are in great shape.

Most of the stars have had musical theater experience, barring the exception of Taylor Swift. At any rate, one can expect a great performance from someone as noteworthy as Ian McKellen. Plus, it’s hard to deny that Jennifer Hudson has got some great pipes. Whatever the popular opinion, this cast will surely bring in a new generation of audiences. With any luck, perhaps even those who avoid musicals will purchase a ticket. As far as the budgeting goes, if it’s anything like Les Misérables’, then Cats will be as lavish as the production deserves.

A Brief History of Cats

'Cats' the musical movie

Cats 2016 Broadway Revival. Photo Credit: Jenny Anderson, WireImage

Andrew Lloyd Weber got the inspiration for Cats from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a collection of poems by T.S. Eliot. The musical first opened on the West End in 1981 and came to Broadway in the year 1982. Weber’s Cats is the fourth-longest-running show on Broadway, the run lasting for 18 years. There have been three recent revivals: two on the West End and one revival on Broadway. Clearly, Cats is one of the shows that remains a favorite for musical theater fans.

With a musical score that is a combination of playful, quirky, and haunting, it’s hard not to love at least one of the tracks. The most notable song from the production is “Memory,” a musical piece that many consider one of the best musical theater songs of all time. The story follows the Jellicle tribe of cats as they tell their tales, traditions, and woes. And believe me, if you aren’t a cat person, you still might be able to sympathize with the characters.

There was a previous Cats’ the musical movie version released directly to VHS in 1998, which was filmed at the Adelphi theater in London. But Cats has never appeared on the big screen, so this is certainly a first. 

 

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Tom Hooper to Direct ‘Cats’ the Musical Movie Starring Ian McKellen, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift. Featured Photo Credit: Suhaimi Abdullah, Getty Images.