A follow-up to the '90s adventure film is in the works.
Jumanji was one of the best films of the ’90s – a bizarre adventure land that took you away from rainy, grey reality and deep into a fight for survival in the jungle. After 21 years free from the meddlesome board game, it’s on its way back to cause yet more havoc. A sequel is in the works, but who’s in it, what storyline can we expect this time and when can we see it? We’ve got the answers to these questions and more…
Who’s in it?
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been confirmed to play Dr. Smolder Bravestone, while Karen Gillan will take on the role of Ruby Roundhouse. Kevin Hart (Moose Finbar) and Jack Black (Professor Shelly Oberon) also star, as does Nick Jonas in an as-yet-unconfirmed role.
Johnson shared a first look at his character on his Instagram page in September.
Who’s directing the Jumanji sequel?
Jake Kasden, who directed TV shows Freaks And Geeks and New Girl as well as movies like Sex Tape and Bad Teacher, is at the helm for the sequel.
What’s it called?
The sequel is currently untitled.
What’s the storyline?
Four teenagers play the game while in detention and, like the characters from the first film, get sucked into the world of Jumanji. Johnson clarified confusion about the movie being a remake of the original, writing on Instagram: “This new movie will NOT be a remake or reboot of the original. It will be a CONTINUATION of the awesome JUMANJI adventure 20 years later.”
When is it being filmed?
It is currently being filmed, having gotten under way in September in Honolulu.
When will it be released?
It was originally scheduled for release on December 25, 2016, but was later pushed back to July 28, 2017.
How will the Jumanji sequel pay tribute to Robin Williams?
Johnson has promised the movie will honour the late actor and star of the 1996 original movie. “You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of ‘Alan Parrish’ will stand alone and be forever immortalised in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way,” he said. It is currently unclear how the film will do that, though.