Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will be more of an "action adventure" than the beloved original. The reboot follows a group of teenagers who find themselves unexpectedly sucked into Jumanji (which is now a 1990s-inspired video game) and turned into avatars played by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan.
The 1995 Robin Williams-starring Jumanji boasted some impressive visual effects for the time and a handful of thrilling sequences, but it couldn't exactly be described as an action film. With Johnson leading the way and Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy) supporting him, however, Welcome to the Jungle will ramp up the action in its reinvention of the story's premise.
Speaking to Screen Rant on the set for the film, producer Matt Tolmach (Spider-Man: Homecoming) explained the most striking differences between the first Jumanji and the new one. One of the biggest changes is that, instead of the game coming to life and invading the real world, now the main characters will actually enter the game and face even bigger dangers when they're trapped in it. The result is a much different kind of adventure than what was seen in 1995:
"It's an action adventure, but I would say it is intense -- Going back to what I was saying: very real stakes. A bunch of people stranded in the jungle having to get out. A lot of action in a way that I think the original movie was much more 'life in a small town, and things came to our town.' Now it's 'you're stuck in the jungle with a bunch of things that want to keep you from getting out.' And so naturally the tone became much more of an action adventure movie."
Tolmach also spoke about the nature of the film's content, as it is likely to earn a PG-13 rating as opposed to the PG original. The producer alluded to a film that packs plenty of humor in with the action, and also gives its stars room to make the most of their talents:
"And then, you know, you have Kevin, and The Rock, and Jack, so both from an action standpoint, and a comedy standpoint, we wanted to turn up the intensity a little bit. And let these people do what they do. So it's very definitely PG-13, but I think it's more of a 'you're on the edge of your seat' kind of adventure than the previous movie."
Johnson has been heavily playing-up the action elements of Welcome to the Jungle this year - including over-the-top, video game-style deaths - and the latest trailer indicates that it will have no shortage of fight and chase sequences besides. This updated Jumanji film definitely has the potential to bring the thrills and laughs to new heights and possibly even find ways to improve upon the original.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has not been without controversy ahead of its release. Gillan and director Jake Kasdan have had to publicly defend the actress' revealing outfit seen in photos and previews, with both assuring that there's a valid reason for it. And that's nothing on the uncertainty from some original fans of a reboot. But there's no question that The Rock and co. are going all-in.
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) release date: Dec 20, 2017