A remake of the 1995 classic Jumanji was first announced by Sony in the summer time of 2015, due for release at the end of the next years. At the time, the news was not met well. Perhaps the online backlash was fuelled by the then very recent death of Robin Williams just a year before. Perhaps people just liked the original movie so much that they genuinely believed it couldn’t be improved upon by a remake.
Despite the fairly widespread scepticism, the idea never quite went away.
From the beginning of 2016, more and more announcements have confirmed that the project is indeed still going ahead. It is now more likely to be released in the summer of 2017 than the winter of this year. We also now know that Jake Kadsan, of Bad Teacher and Sex Tape, is signed on to direct with Matt Tolmach, known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man, in to produce.
For a while, there have rumours circulating that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Kevin Hart will star in the movie. Though there is, as yet, no confirmed news on Hart, this morning Johnson confirmed via his InstaGram account that he was officially involved.
His exact words were:
It’s OFFICIAL: Love this script! Big movie news that me and my canine gal Shang are excited to share. To produce, create and deliver original properties to fans like HBO’s #ballers to this summer’s #CentralIntelligence is one of the best parts of my job.
But to take great properties that are beloved worldwide like #BAYWATCH and #RAMPAGE and have the opportunity [to] reimagine their stories in dope new ways to a whole new generaion is truly an honor.
It’s official. We’ll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs:
There’s games you play for fun…
then there’s games that change your life.
The reactions to Johnson’s InstaGram post ranged from “I can’t wait! Best film ever!” to “DO NOT DO THIS! Seriously. Please.” with plenty of “I got 10K followers from the link in my bio!” sprinkled in between. Say what you will about Hollywood’s lack of creativity and imagination, about the futility in remaking an already excellent film, about no one being able live up to Robin Williams’ legacy, it is clear that Sony is committed to making this movie.
Johnson’s post says that he’s “working on edging up an already very good script”.
Promise to deliver something cool and special.. and not screw the whole damn thing up.