Jumanji Cast

UPDATE: Dwayne Johnson just confirmed on his Instagram that he’ll produce and star in Jumanji. The actor and his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, plan to “edge up the script.” There’s still no word if Kevin Hart will co-star. Our original story from April 16, 2016 follows.

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in this summer’s comedy Central Intelligence together, but before that movie even hits theaters, they’re already considering another collaboration. Johnson and Hart are in early talks for Jake Kasdan‘s new adaptation of Jumanji, which was previously turned into a movie back in 1995.

Learn more about Johnson and Hart potentially joining the Jumanji cast after the jump.

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Today has been an absolutely fascinating reminder that the schedules movie studios block out years in advance are just blueprints – anything and everything can change at a moment’s notice.

Earlier today, Star Wars: Episode 8 evacuated its May 26, 2017 release date and set up camp on December 15, 2017. This shift (which is nutty for a number of reasons) allowed Disney to place Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in that vacant Memorial Day weekend. As for the July 7, 2017 release date previously held by Captain Jack Sparrow? Well, let’s just say that Sony took this opportunity to supply the next Spider-Man movie and their Jumanji remake with shiny new opening weekends.

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After several years of development and a revolving door of screenwriters, the upcoming remake (or reboot, if you prefer that parlance) of Jumanji has landed a director in Jake Kasdan. And while it’s too early to have an opinion on this project in any way, we do hope Kasdan is ready to work at the speed of a charging rhino – because Sony already set a release date last year and that is still in place.

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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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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 »

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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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