Nope. No one at Sony has yet said that maybe remaking a movie that holds up and is barely 18 years old is using up precious resources that could best be directed elsewhere. So in the spirit of “if it ain’t broke, fix it,” Heat Vision is reporting that the studio has signed writer Zach Helm to pen the new screenplay for the new Jumanji.
Based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg (who also wrote the books Zathura and The Polar Express were based on), Jumanji is the story of a boy who gets sucked into a jungle-themed board game for decades only to be freed when two other kids move into his old house and pick up where he left off years later. The film made over $250 million worldwide at the box office, and was a major hit for eventual Captain America filmmaker Joe Johnston. It was also considered, at the time, to be the next great leap in the development of CG after Jurassic Park.
Helm’s previously writing experience includes screenplays for Stranger Than Fiction and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, two movies I happened to enjoy a lot, so hopefully he’ll be able to find a new way to break the story. It’s worth noting that the movie version and the original book version are very different, so maybe that’s easier said than done. Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) and Bill Teitler are producing.
Source: Coming Soon