Disney has found remarkable success creating live-action remakes to its animated classics, so it only stands to reason that as new animated classics are made, there will eventually be live-action remakes of them. This means that it's only a matter of time before we get a live-action Toy Story movie. But if that sounds like a terrible idea, let me run something by you, a live-action Toy Story starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt. Admit it, now you're interested.
I recently had a chance to sit down with the two main stars of Jungle Cruise and I asked them about the fact that a version of Jungle Cruise was pitched 10 years ago that could have starred Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. Since Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are, therefore, the new Tom Hanks and Tim Allen, I suggested they could star in the probably inevitable Toy Story remake, and they both sound game. However, there's apparently some debate about who should be Buzz and who should be Woody. Check it out in the video above.
I'll be honest, when I first thought of this question I sort of thought it would go the other way. Dwayne Johnson is built like Buzz Lightyear's spacesuit before he even puts on the spacesuit, and he can certainly pull off the super serious way that Buzz can be, especially early in the first movie. However, it seems that Emily Blunt has decided that Buzz is the cooler of the two characters, and therefore, she's calling dibs on that one.
Obviously, I was just trying to have a bit of fun with these two, but now that I've suggested it, I sort of want to see this. And while Dwayne Johnson playing Buzz may seem like the more obvious choice, perhaps going with the more creative option is really the way to go. I mean, honestly, I get a little board when the Disney remakes just redo the same movie over again like The Lion King. Remakes are better when they find a new way to tell the same story, so perhaps this is exactly the casting we need to make a live-action Toy Story something truly different and special.
After having seen Jungle Cruise I do have to say that whether it's a sequel to that or a live-action Toy Story movie, I certainly hope that we see Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt co-star in more movies together. The two have undeniable chemistry and it works on the screen and it works in person. They are clearly just having too much fun together and it's easy to want to just see more of that.
You can see just how much fun they have when Jungle Cruise opens in theaters and on Disney+ Premiere Access on Friday.