Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra, ‘Jungle Cruise’ is an adventure film that revolves around Captain Frank Wolff, who accompanies siblings Lily and McGregor Houghton on their mission to discover the Tree of Life. On their quest, the trio must contend with various challenges posed by the jungle they have entered. The film is based on Disney’s theme park attraction of the same name and is set during the World War I era.
The movie features some stunning and breathtaking locations that not only compliment the grand scope of the adventure but also create a visually enchanting experience for the audience. If you wish to learn more about the movie’s filming sites, we’ve got you covered. Here are all the filming details of ‘Jungle Cruise.’
Jungle Cruise Filming Locations
Principal photography on ‘Jungle Cruise’ began on May 14, 2018, and was completed on September 14, 2018. After some delays, filming resumed (likely for reshoots) in 2019 and was officially wrapped up on June 3, 2019. The movie was extensively filmed on sets built in a Georgia-based studio as well as in Hawaii. Some portions were also shot on location in the two states. Let’s take a closer look at the specific filming spots of the movie!
Filming of ‘Jungle Cruise’ took place in the city of Atlanta mainly on soundstages at the Blackhall Studios, a film and television production facility located at 1415 Constitution Road. The studio offers nine soundstages ranging between 19,200 sq ft to 38,400 sq ft, along with various other facilities such as production offices and VFX studios.
The shooting of popular Hollywood projects such as ‘The Tomorrow War,’ ‘Jumanji: The Next Level,’ and ‘Lovecraft Country‘ took place at the studio property. The cast and crew also filmed some scenes at the Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, a city in Newton County, which is a part of the Metro Atlanta region.
Kauai, an island in Hawaii, is also a major filming location of the movie. A huge set was constructed by the film’s production crew at Kapaia Reservoir, located near Wailua Falls in Kauai County. The cast and crew filmed some scenes on location in various parts of the island, including the town of Lihue, the county seat of Kauai County. A few scenes were also shot near the Huleia Stream.
A portion of filming also took place in the vicinity of the Kilohana Plantation, a tropical plantation estate that is located at 3-2087 Kaumualii Highway in Lihue. The estate is a renowned tourist attraction and offers various activities such as rum safari and exquisite dining experiences. The property represents life in the early 1900s, which makes it an ideal filming location for the movie, given its World War I setting. Popular films such as ‘Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw,’ ‘Avatar,’ and movies in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean‘ franchise were also shot in Kauai.
Aside from building gigantic sets, the production crew of ‘Jungle Cruise’ also procured era-appropriate boats and vehicles for the purpose of filming. “I think, first of all, when you step on a set like this… We had heard that the set was spectacular for months, as they were building it. But then, when we finally stepped on set, we stepped on set together, and we were just blown away, very inspired, had goosebumps. It was really amazing,” lead star Dwayne Johnson told Collider about the sets constructed for the shooting of the movie.
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