It has been confirmed by none other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson himself, that the upcoming Jumanji movie will not be a reboot or a remake. The new board-game-gone-wild flick will be a continuation of the first film, thus making it a sequel. Fresh off the heels of shooting Fast and Furious 8, The Rock quickly took to Instagram to praise most of his previous co-stars (Vin Diesel is not mentioned at all). He also goes on to say that he is looking forward to reuniting with Kevin Hart and Jack Black in Jumanji.
Finished strong and on to the next. That's an officially wrap on #FastAndFurious8. Thank you to our director @fgarygray for the vision and execution. Thank you UNIVERSAL for being tremendous partners as always, thank you to all my fellow co-stars for the daily effort and grind. Scott Eastwood you handsome sumbitch! Natalie Emmanuel I have a cold Budweiser ready for you and Tyrese Gibson you still have the biggest smile and forehead I've ever seen.😂 And a huge THANK YOU to our hard working production crew – the backbone of our business. Your kind words meant a lot to me last night – thank you! In the end, we all rallied, as great teams do, kicked ass and will deliver an amazing movie to the world. Proud of our entire FAST FAMILY. And now in two weeks I'll reunite with ol' friends Kevin Hart & Jack Black and we have the honor to introduce a whole new generation to the amazing world of #JUMANJI. *(for the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story). It's also crazy to me how much me, Kev and Jack look like triplets when we're together. 👶🏽👶🏻👶🏿. Man this is gonna be FUN. #WheelsUp #ThatsAWrap #FromFastAndFurious #StraightIntoJumanji #BigBrownBaldTattooedMan #DarkChocolateComedicRockStar #BrillaintCrazyCurvyCaucasion #TheseHashtagsAreRidiculous #INeedSleepAndCARBS #ButIWillSettleForTequila
The Rock had previously posted on Instagram about immortalizing Robin Williams’ character in a “cool and earnest way”, thus confirming that the new movie would at least be sharing the same universe. This most recent post by The Rock, however, confirms that the movie will be a direct sequel.
The original movie, which came out in 1995, starred Robin Williams as a grown child who had been caught within a magical board game that could manifest all manner of frightening animals that live in the jungle. While no details are yet known about the new ‘Jumanji’, the question remains on whether or not audiences will be able to see the perilous jungle that Robin Williams’ character had been caught in over 20 years ago.
The Rock’s Instagram post also raises some other interesting questions such as: Why didn’t he thank Vin Diesel? Are the feuding? What roles will Kevin Hart and Jack Black be playing in the new Jumanji? How does The Rock fit into that tiny plane?
The new Jumanji is scheduled to hit theaters on July 28th, 2017.