Dwayne Johnson has stepped up his activity as a producer in the last couple of years. He serves as executive producer of his HBO dramatic series Ballers, for example, as well as other television shows, including CNN’s Soundtracks: Songs That Defined History, which just debuted.
He’s also dived full force into producing movies, such as Baywatch and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, both due out later this year. Recently we also heard officially that he would star in and produce Jungle Cruise, based on Disney’s classic theme park attraction. The aim is to begin production in spring 2018.
Ahead of the release of Baywatch on May 25, Johnson spoke with AP. Asked a general question about women directors at the end of the interview, he mentioned Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins as a candidate to helm Jungle Cruise: “Patty has that really cool edge … I felt like she could be a really cool choice for a movie like Jungle Cruise. Plus, you know what? I’m just a big fan.”
Jenkins made her feature directorial debut with the harrowing true-life drama Monster; Charlize Theron won an Academy Award for her performance.
Since then, Jenkins has been busy helming television shows, though she was attached at one point to direct Thor: The Dark World. That didn’t work out, but it didn’t keep her from landing the highly coveted Wonder Woman gig.
The trailers have looked great, and if the box office returns are good after it opens on June 2, Jenkins may be swamped with offers, including a possible sequel. It should be fascinating to see what she decides to do next; perhaps an adventure-filled cruise with Dwayne Johnson?