Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle writers Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg are coming back to work on the as yet untitled sequel for Sony. Welcome to the Jungle is a continuation of the Jumanji movie franchise that has not only proven unexpectedly lucrative for its studio, but earned the favor of most critics and general audiences alike. The film even held its own against Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the box office last year, and is now the first December movie release to top the U.S. box office in February since James Cameron's Titanic made its then record breaking run in theaters twenty years ago.
Headlined by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black, Welcome to the Jungle takes place in the present day, as a group of four teenagers stumble upon the eponymous magical game - now a video game instead of a board game - and find themselves sucked into its world. The movie's four grown-up stars (who play the in-game avatars of said teenagers) are all lined up to reprise their roles for a sequel, which could be arriving as soon as December 2019 - resulting in another Star Wars versus Jumanji movie showdown at the box office.
Deadline is reporting that Pinkner and Rosenberg are now set to write the Welcome to the Jungle sequel for Sony, with the rest of the movie's ensemble also expected to return. The untitled Jumanji sequel doesn't have a firm production start date yet, nor is it clear if Welcome to the Jungle director Jake Kasdan will be coming back to call the shots again or not. However, given that Sony has a December 2019 theatrical release target in mind, that should change very soon (possibly within the next few weeks even). UPDATE: The Wrap is now reporting that Kasdan is expected to helm the Welcome to the Jungle sequel.
Pinkner and Rosenberg are also writing the upcoming Venom solo movie for Sony, in addition to the developing Welcome to the Jungle sequel. The former has also worked on a number of Sony-backed tentpoles over the past few years, including the superhero movie sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the young adult sci-fi novel adaptation The 5th Wave, and last year's Stephen King fantasy book series turned movie The Dark Tower. Pinkner and Rosenberg also worked together on the CBS sci-fi/thriller TV series Zoo, which aired from 2015-17.
Between the pair of them, Pinkner and Rosenberg have a pretty rocky record when it comes to both the critical and financial success of their collaborations. Welcome to the Jungle is also an exception for them in that earlier drafts of the film's script were written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, the same writing duo that worked on last year's beloved superhero flicks The LEGO Batman Movie and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Hopefully, now that Welcome to the Jungle has established a new tone and style of comedy for the Jumanji movies, Pinkner and Rosenberg will be able to carryover the movie's good natured sense of silly humor to the third installment in the series.
The Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel has neither an official title nor a theatrical release date yet. More as the story develops.
Update Source: The Wrap