- Jaume Collet-Serra will direct a new action thriller called Kate Warne.
- Emily Blunt is considering playing the title character in the film, with Dwayne Johnson producing.
- The script has been rewritten, but will have to wait until the actors’ strike ends.
It looks like we have a Jungle Cruise reunion in the works. No, the sequel hasn’t progressed much given the one-two punch (though you can bet Disney will try to push that forward now that at least the writers’ action is over).
Instead, “Cruise” director Jaume Collet-Serra is joining the in-development detective thriller “Kate Warne,” which is being produced by Dwayne Johnson (who, of course, starred in the Disney Ride adaptation).
And the “Jungle” connections remain, as Emily Blunt has been thinking about starring in this film for a few years now – she was first mentioned as “circling” in 2021 – but as Deadline reminds usthe actors are still on strike, so she has yet to secure a formal acting contract.
She will resume negotiations once the industrial dispute is over, but there is no sign of that yet. Although she doesn’t end up starring, she is also a producer on the film alongside Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.
Amazon-owned MGM hopes to move forward with Collet-Serra’s bond once everything is ready to shoot.
What is the story of “Kate Warne”?
“Kate Warne” is described as a propulsive action-adventure that centers on Warne, a real-life Sherlock Holmes woman in a male-dominated industry whose unique detective skills paved the way for future women in law enforcement and the way Detective work was done, forever changed.
Gustin Nash wrote the first draft of the script, but it has since been rewritten (before the strike), with Godmothered’s Melissa Stack taking responsibility for the script.
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Who is Jaume Collet-Serra as a director?
This seems more at Collet-Serra’s doing – he is known for Liam Neeson thrillers Non-Stop and The Commuter, while he most recently directed Black Adam with Johnson in the title role – than Jungle Cruise at all. , although he has proven adaptable throughout his career so far.
He has also worked on films such as the horror film “Orphan” and the shark thriller “The Shallows”.
Next up for the director is “Carry On,” which stars Taron Egerton as Ethan Kopek, a young TSA agent who is blackmailed by a mysterious traveler into getting a dangerous package through security and onto a Christmas Day flight let.
The cast of this thriller also includes Logan Marshall-Green, Jason Bateman, Sofia Carson, Dean Norris and Josh Brener.