‘Jumanji’ Remake Will Update the Story ‘For the Present’

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Chris Van Allsburg’s award-winning 1981 illustrated children’s book, Jumanji, was the basis for the family-friendly, supernatural adventure film of the same name. Released in 1995, it starred Robin Williams (alongside a young Kirsten Dunst) under the direction of Joe Johnston – who’s perhaps better known nowadays for directing Jurassic Park III and Captain America.

Jumanji overcame mixed reviews to gross $263 million in theaters, eventually giving rise to a board game spinoff (based on the story’s namesake) and an animated TV series. While the long-rumored sequel never happened, a reboot/remake is now apparently in the cards (… yay?).

Columbia co-head Douglas Belgrad dropped the tidbit about a new Jumanji movie during a talk with The Hollywood Reporter, where he also dropped juicy tidbits about Amazing Spider-Man 2, Men in Black IV and 21 Jump Street 2. The plan is to “try and reimagine ‘Jumanji’ and update it for the present.”

Allsburg’s Jumanji book has a simple premise: hijinks and adventure ensues after some children begin to play a jungle-themed supernatural board game. Johnston’s film adaptation (based on a screen story co-written by Allsburg) doesn’t expand on the source material’s mythology, but does incorporate additional characters into the mix. Both versions of Jumanji are pretty timeless stories and nothing about them really feels “outdated” - unless you count the scene where Dunst’s character identifies the present year as 1995 (or the CGI effects, which are admittedly kind of shoddy by today’s standards).

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Kirsten Dunst, Robin Williams, and Bradley Pierce in 'Jumanji'

That’s all to say: a new Jumanji movie doesn’t read as a project with potential to feel like a true reinvention of Allsburg’s original concept, once it’s been updated for a 21st century context (unlike, say, the RoboCop and Carrie remakes). The final product will probably unfold as little more than a shinier rehash of what’s been done before, with the sort of added touches one expects from a generic family movie nowadays (see: pop culture references/product placement in The Smurfs).

To be fair, though, we’ve yet to learn anything about what creative personnel is going to be recruited for the Jumanji remake/reboot (or whatever their approach will be). So who knows? Maybe this writer will be eating humble pie at the end of the day – assuming the project even comes to fruition (we’ll see about that, as well).

Anyone interested in a new Jumanji movie? Let us know in the comments section.

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Source: THR

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  1. While I like sequels such as Bournes, Die Hards, and Fast Fives, other sequels usually turn out unlike the original. Except of course if they make any more Rockys. Originality has become a thing of the past and television today is either nothing but reality shows or shows portraying society’s tolerance and children’s acceptance of violence. As a parent, my children loved Jumanji, but I would have to say a remake should be a close as possible to the original, with the original cast, a spin-off of where they left off. In my opinion good television doesn’t exist anymore and only creates an environment for parents to ignore their children instead of encouraging our future generations to use their brains and skills and put it to good use. Reality television attracts the younger generations, giving them an outlet to make fun of people. Truth be told, nothing on television is real and pretending it is only makes it worse. Reality tv is cheap to make and our economy is an excuse to not spend money on making good television, whatever that may be now, and if it’s not what the public wants, then the public doesn’t get it. Seems to me tv has become highly overrated and society has paid and continues to pay the price for it. Truth be told, of all the technology we have created, we have set up our future generation to lack intelligence we know they have.

  2. The movie is fine as it is. If anything, re-release the movie with updated CGI.

  3. I would love to see a sequal of Jimanji, with all the same actors if possible, would go see it in a minute. Love that movie so much.

  4. Jonas

  5. I would love to see a sequal of Jimanji. My whole family loves this movie.
    I think it would be great to see the kids grown with kids of their own playing the game & Robbin Williams as the Grandpa. It was full of excitement, Laughter, and was full of action packed animation. IT WAS GREAT.
    PLEASE make a remake of the Robbin Williams EXCELLENT movie.

  6. I would love for number two to come out everyone would watch it i thought it could start with the same people but maybe the lady and man could be died and there children can find it and the little girl and boy could be older. i would love this movie to be number 2 i would have good ideas for it.

  7. A new jumanji movie would be soooooooooooo badass!!!! I’m a 27 year old football coach and would still watch it. It would probably be terrifying with today’s technology. I give it a green light?

  8. I definitely think it would be a good idea to make a sequel to Jumanji. I envision the creatures to be of the After Earth variety. I would love to take may daughter to see it.

  9. Isn’t the Jumunji Sequel called Zathura: A Space Adventure? Zathura wasn’t a bad flick but wasn’t great either.
    I don’t think the original is outdated at all, not enough for it to be remade at least.
    Does an updated version ‘for the Present’ mean it’s played on a iPad or something?

    • Yep, Zathura was the Jumanji sequel.
      It wasn’t as popular, though, so people often forget about it.

      You’re right about Jumanji not needing an update. Besides, I don’t think they could top Robin Williams’ acting.

  10. Hi,I’m Thai and sure I live in Thailand. I love Jumanji, it is my most favorite film. So happy to know you have a plan to remake it. Today I search to find the director and company of Jumanji. I’m eager to tell them that I’d love to see it again, with present CGI. It would be one of the most wonderful film in my life. Thank you so much and from now on I countdown to see it.Please!

  11. I’d rather see prequel.

  12. Love jumanji please make second part …….

  13. I would love to see a Jumanji 2 to be made!…. Especially while the original actors/actresses are still alive and in the business. So yes please and ASAP!!!

    • This is just heart breaking! A Jumanji 2 just can’t be redone without Robin.. May he rest in peace..

      • I agree. Making a Jumanji 2, or even a remake or reboot without Robin Williams will destroy the originality of this awesome movie. It can’t be done. It’s like making an Indiana Jones movie without Harrison Ford.

  14. best movie ever, please remake or sequel.