The film will also be co-produced by John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment, Beau Flynn of FlynnPictureCo., and Dany and Hiram Garcia of Seven Bucks Productions. John Requa and Glenn Ficarra will pen the script.
On July 31, 2017 it was confirmed that Jaume Collet-Serra will direct the film. They have also been confirmed to be working off on a script written by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.
A Jungle Cruise movie has been in the works at Disney since at least 2005. A previous attempt that was originally intended for a 2007 release would have featured Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in starring roles as a Skipper and a frustrated passenger going down river to search for a miraculous cure in a story described as a more comical take on Heart of Darkness. This version was still being tossed around as late as 2011, but ended up never materializing.