While we impatiently wait for the first trailer, let’s talk about the sequel to a beloved ’90s hit – we got a whole bunch of juicy news.
Officially, this is a reboot. But reboots are risky. When it’s too similar to the original, people will say it’s derivative, too different, you might make the fanbase angry. Still, through some magic of its own, the 2017 Jumanji might be right in the middle and succeed.
Yes, it is following up on a ’90s film that we all enjoyed, where the one and the only Robin Williams starred, but as far as we managed to find out, this will be a sequel with a different take on the dangerous board game that seeps into our world. This film will have a bit of a different take on the idea, with the game taking players inside its world, instead of letting beasts out.
Casting choices & the plot
The upcoming Jumanji is directed by Jake Kasdan who was at the helm of Orange County, Sex Tape, Bad Teacher and Walk Hard. The writing was done by Scott Rosenberg – he wrote High Fidelity, Con Air. Next to them, working on the script were also Chris McKinna (Community, Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Jeff Pinker (The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Dark Tower. The cast is simply amazing: we have Dwayne The Rock Jonson – who simply can do no wrong lately, Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan – a lady who captured our hearts as the unforgettable Amy Pond, as well as Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas.
The film will be about four teenagers playing the game as idealized versions of themselves. Because of the premise, each actor will actually have two roles, so we are pretty curious to see how will that look. Dwayne Johnson is Dr. Smolder Bravestone avatar of an awkward and timid teen Spencer. Huge Jock Fridge is also Moose Finbarr, tiny genius played by Kevin Hart. The character played by Jack Black, Professor Shelly Oberon is pretty much a nerdy bookworm, but also the new body for an “it girl” Bethany. Karen Gillan’s character is Ruby Roundhouse, an Amazonian warrior and a fantasy of the unathletic child Martha.
Like Williams’ character was trapped inside the Jumanji board game’s land, so will these characters be in the sequel.
We are giving you a glimpse of the synopsis: “In a brand new Jumanji adventure, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into Jumanji’s world – pitted against rhinos, black mambas and an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles. To survive, they’ll play as characters from the game. To beat the game and return to the real world with their lives, they’ll have to start seeing things in an entirely different way.”
Are you ready? We certainly are. The film was first announced in 2012, and the first trailer is coming just now!
Dwayne Johnson revealed that the official trailer will get its premiere at the CinemaCon. For those who didn’t know, CinemaCon runs from March 27 to March 30.
Release date buzz
Officially, all of you Jumanji fans will be able to enter the game on December 22, 2017, just in time for Christmas!
Clearly, this film will not be a remake of 1995 movie, but more of a „spiritual sequel“ that will allegedly pay tribute to Robin Williams’ character.
When the first rumors about the remake leaked in 2012, in a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad said: “We’re going to try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present.” Then, on August 1, 2012, it was confirmed that the film is going to be made.
In August 2015, the remake was confirmed when Sony announced plans to release the film on December 25, 2016. And the internet went wild with rage. The negative reception was earned, we must say. The announcement came too soon after the death of Williams, so even the media started criticizing the remake as „unnecessary and kind of insulting.“
Luckily, they rescheduled, re-made the script, put in a nod to Williams, and got an amazing cast that can do no wrong.
And, according to what we have been seeing on Johnson’s Instagram account since September 2016, the film should be an amazing action-packed adventure that will be a beautiful sequel to the original Jumanji.