Fans of the 1995 family film Jumanji directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger) are no doubt well aware by now that box office heavyweight Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (Central Intelligence) is leading the cast of a brand new installment in the magical game-based adventure series. Directed by Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher), the new movie seeks to honor the late Robin Williams: the star of Johnston's movie, itself based on the classic children's book by Chris Van Allsburg.
With Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda 3) and Johnson's Central Intelligence costar Kevin Hart officially onboard with the new movie, Jumanji is sure to turn heads when it finally sees theatrical release next summer. On that note, the latest update from Johnson reveals exactly when production on the new Jumanji will be getting underway - in a location all too familiar to The Rock, as it were.
In an official post to Johnson's personal Instagram account, The Rock once again reiterated that Jumanji is a "continuation" and not a reboot of the 1995 movie, taking place 20-something years after Johnston's film. Furthermore, Johnson (who is part Samoan) discussed shooting the film with co-stars Black and Hart (an acting trio he playfully christened "The Cray Cray Triplets") in Hawaii and how excited he is to give back to the people and economy of the island.
You can check out Johnson's original Instagram post below:
Yo.. Lots of positive chatter now on something I should've clarified months ago when we announced we were making JUMANJI. This new movie will NOT be a remake or reboot of the original. It will be a CONTINUATION of the awesome JUMANJI adventure 20 years later. As a producer on this movie and someone who loves the original, you have my word we'll honor the legend of "Alan Parrish" and properly introduce a whole new generation to the fun and crazy JUMANJI universe that so many of us loved and grew up on. Our director Jake Kasdan and lead producer Matt Tohlmach are focused and ready go. They also have no f*cking idea what they've gotten themselves into by hiring Me, Kevin Hart and Jack Black aka "The Cray Cray Triplets" as the stars of this movie. Shooting begins in 4 weeks. And on a personal note, it's such a cool thing for me to bring the production of this movie to Hawaii. The positive ripple effect it has on local businesses and families in terms of creating jobs and additional income makes me very happy. I grew up on the island thru hard times and good times, so it means a lot to this local boy. Hell, I used to steal a Snickers candy bar every day from 7-11 when I walked to the gym as my pre workout meal when I was 14yrs cause I was too broke to buy one. When I return to Hawaii, I will go back to that 7-11 (on Kapiolani Blvd) and finally buy that Snickers bar after all these years. Then I'll proceed to my psychiatric therapy session cause clearly I'm still messed up over that broke time in my life. #JUMANJI #HAWAII #SonyPictures #SnickersForTheWholeCrew
It's always heartening to hear such enthusiasm and good will from the nearly-always positive Johnson. If everything continues to fall together as nicely as they have thus far on Jumanji, then this movie could surprise and delight fans of the 1995 film too. Williams' shoes will are no doubt a daunting pair to fill, but Johnson and company are certainly capable performers in their own respective rights - making them primed to bring something brand new to the fantasy/adventure property.
Whether or not Kasdan will be able to surpass Johnston's film with his own take on the Jumanji franchise remains to be seen. That being said, here's to hoping that Johnson, Black, and Hart will be able to uplift the property on the back of their collective talent as entertainers. Either way, it will definitely be exciting to see some kind of continuation of the 1995 Jumanji movie on the big screen, next summer.
Jumanji will see theatrical release in the U.S. on July 28, 2017.
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