In a world of sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes, re-adaptations, and recalibrations, it was only a matter of time before Jumanji, an award-winning children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg as well as its original 1995 film adaptation, would make its way back to the silver screen.
It's OFFICIAL: Love this script! Big movie news that me and my canine gal Shang are excited to share;) To produce, create and deliver original properties to fans like HBO's #ballers to this summer's #CentralIntelligence is one of the best parts of my job. But to take great properties that are beloved worldwide like #BAYWATCH and #RAMPAGE and have the opportunity reimagine their stories in dope new ways to a whole new generation is truly an honor. It's official. We'll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There's games you play for fun… then there's games that change your life. JUMANJI Working on edging up an already very good script with my @sevenbucksprod team. Up next is meeting with our producer Matt Tolmach and director Jake Kasdan. Shooting starts this fall. Promise to deliver something cool and special.. and not screw the whole damn thing up;). As always I'll keep you posted. Casting this should be fun! #JUMANJI #JungleLife #JustPressStart #SONYPictures
The new movie will be directed by Jake Kasdan, and the current actors in talks, according to EW, are Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart who’ve previously worked together in Central Intelligence. They also co-hosted the MTV Movie Awards earlier this month.
Fans will be curious as to how the movie will honor Robin Williams’ legacy, but we’re sure that’s already been discussed by the filmmakers at some point. We’re hoping that’s the case, anyway.
The new Jumanji is scheduled for a release on July 28, 2017. The plot for the original film is as follows:
A magical board game unleashes a world of adventure on siblings Peter (Bradley Pierce) and Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst). While exploring an old mansion, the youngsters find a curious, jungle-themed game called Jumanji in the attic. When they start playing, they free Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who’s been stuck in the game’s inner world for decades. If they win Jumanji, the kids can free Alan for good — but that means braving giant bugs, ill-mannered monkeys and even stampeding rhinos!
Variety was the first to confirm this news.
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