jumanji writer

Two decades ago, the beloved children’s book Jumanji got the Hollywood treatment, with Chris Van Allsburg’s black-and-white, Caldecott Medal-winning illustrations becoming the basis for a massive family adventure film starring Robin Williams at the height of his powers. Today, that movie hits a few nostalgic notes among the ’90s kids, but it’s more fondly remembered for the memes it has inspired than anything else.

In other words, it’s time for a reboot! Well, it’s been time for a reboot since a screenwriter was originally hired in 2012, but Sony has decided to speed things up. They even set a release date and everything, because nothing gets people working quite like an impending deadline. And now, roughly 14 months before the movie is due in theaters, Con Air and Gone in 60 Seconds writer Scott Rosenberg has been hired to bring the movie down the homestretch.

Read on for everything we currently know about the new Jumanji writer.

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Jumanji reboot

It’s been 20 years since Robin Williams starred in the blockbuster adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg‘s 1981 children’s book Jumanji. So that means it’s time for a reboot.

We first heard about a new adaptation of Jumanji in the summer of 2012, and then six months later, Zack Helm, the writer of Stranger than Fiction and writer/director of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, was brought on to write the script. But since then we haven’t any progress on  the development front.

But it sounds like we might hear more about the project soon because Sony Pictures has just set a release date for the film on December 25th, 2016. Find out more about the Jumanji reboot after the jump! Read More »

When I was in elementary school, every single year my art teacher would break out Chris Van Allsburg‘s 1981 book, Jumanji. Using different voices and inflections, he’d regale us with the story of two kids who play a board game come to life. Each and every year, it was a major highlight. Hollywood is hoping that repetition works in movies too.

In 1995, Joe Johnston adapted the book into a movie, starring Robin Williams and a young Kirsten Dunst, and now Columbia is going back to the well. The studio has just hired Zack Helm, the writer of Stranger than Fiction and writer/director of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, to write a new version of Jumanji. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Much as we like to bemoan the lack of originality in mainstream cinema, the fact is that movies tied to existing properties do big business. Sony’s three biggest hits so far this year have been 21 Jump Street, Men in Black 3, and The Amazing Spider-Man — based on a 25-year-old TV series, a 15-year-old sci-fi blockbuster, and a 60-year-old comic book character, respectively — so it’s no surprise that the studio plans to keep a good thing going with sequels to all three of those films. And quickly: According to Sony exec Douglas Belgrad, 21 Jump Street 2 could begin shooting in just a few months.

But they’re not just looking to this past year to help fill out the upcoming slate. Sony’s also reportedly developing a reboot of Jumanji, the 1995 picture adapted from the 1981 children’s book. Hit the jump to read Belgrad’s comments on Men in Black 4, 21 Jump Street 2, and the new Jumanji. (Head here for more on The Amazing Spider-Man 2.)

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