If you were a kid in 1995, you were most likely captivated by Jumanji. Watching little kid versions of Kirsten Dunst and some voice actor guy playing the game and unleashing bats and lions and giant mosquitoes in their house, caused the imagination of many a child to run wild. With Robin Williams doing some of what he does best and talented director Joe Johnston (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, The Rocketeer, Captain America: The First Avenger) at the helm, Jumanji earned a special place in many little hearts. Sony is hoping to recapture some of that magic and cash in on a remake of Jumanji. They have set a release date for Christmas of this year and they just announced a director for the movie- Jake Kasdan.
Jake Kasdan may not be a name you’re familiar with, but you probably know some of his work. He directed Zero Effect, Orange County, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Bad Teacher, and Sex Tape. Will this version of Jumanji be a raunchy, R-rated, sex-fueled romp like Kasdan’s most recent work? No! Almost certainly not. For the sake of childhoods everywhere, please no. Why would you even suggest that? Interesting side note: Kasdan’s father is well-known writer and director Lawrence Kasdan, whose writing credits include Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens.
This remake of Jumanji (not to be confused with the animated TV show that ran in the late 90s) will be written by Scott Rosenberg, who’s best know for Con Air and Gone in 60 Seconds. So far, excitement for the remake hasn’t exactly been overwhelming, but who knows? Maybe in a few months, Sony will release some footage that hits the right nostalgia button and causes fans to drool puddles of anticipation. Only time will tell.
Are you excited for a Jumanji remake? What do you think of Kasdan as director?