A semi-continuation of Joe Johnston's (Captain America: The First Avenger) beloved 1995 family film of the same name (itself based on Chris Van Allsburg's illustrated book), the upcoming Jumanji is currently picking up a lot of steam as production continues in Hawaii. Following the release of the first official cast photo from the film, in addition to a slew of set videos, it appears that leads Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, along with costars Karen Gillan (Doctor Who), and Jack Black (Goosebumps), are in high spirits as they put their stamp on the magical game/adventure franchise.
Many fans of Johnston's 1995 guarded skepticism are no doubt approaching the new Jumanji with guarded skepticism, but director Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) and his cast/crew appear to be starting things off on the right foot. The latest Jumanji set video serves as another indication that the cast of the movie have a nice easy-going chemistry that, fingers crossed, will come across on the big screen too.
In the footage featured below, Johnson took to Instagram yet again to post another video from the Jumanji set in Hawaii, with his co-stars Hart, Black, and Gillan hamming it up for the camera. Depicted in the midst of a noticeable jungle downpour, the Jumanji cast and crew don't appear to be letting the rain get in the way of their work - or having a good time, for that matter. Check out the original Instagram post below:
We're in the raining #JumanjiJungle baby! Jack Black's "Gonna watch you bleeeed" at the end kills me. Phenomenal first week of shooting with my extremely talented and funny co-stars @kevinhart4real, @karengillanofficial and our resident rock and roller Jack Black! We've been battling the jungle elements daily and director Jake Kasdan and hard working boots on the ground film crew is raising the bar when it comes to delivering the goods. Makin' a good one for you over here in Hawaii and Jack's makin' em bleed. #OnLocation #Hawaii #Jumanji
Johnson's characteristic optimism and energy certainly paints a compelling picture of a fun-loving set for Jumanji - which could result in a winning continuation of the 1995 Jumanji film, even as the new movie's shooting script is primed to take the franchise in a different direction. Potential viewers no doubt still have questions to be answered regarding the specifics of the narrative in Jumanji (2017), but for now set videos like this one will have to suffice.
Jumanji has become such a generational touchstone movie of the 1990s that the upcoming sequel/soft reboot stands a good chance of attracting a sizable crowd when it hits theaters, on those grounds alone (to say nothing of its A-list cast). The only thing that remains to be seen is how welcoming general audiences will be when they finally see the movie in its entirety, regardless of the cast and crew's enthusiasm for the project sight unseen.
Jumanji will see theatrical release in the U.S. on July 28, 2017.
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