‘Jumanji’ reboot in development

Columbia Pictures plans to 'reimagine' the 1995 fantasy movie and 'update it for the present'

Columbia Pictures is planning a reboot of Jumanji, the studio’s president has revealed.

The original film, released in 1995, centred around a supernatural board game that makes wild animals and other jungle hazards appear as the players roll the dice. It was based upon an 1981 fantasy book of the same name by author Chris Van Allsburg.

Among the players in the original film was a young Kirsten Dunst, just 13 at the time, while Robin Williams starred as a man who emerges from the game’s magical jungle world. Bonnie Hunt, Patricia Clarkson and Bebe Neuwirth also appeared in key roles.

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The movie performed well at the box office, grossing more than $260 million (£167 million) worldwide, but no sequel was ever made. However, Columbia Pictures is now planning to revive the idea. During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, studio president Doug Berngrad revealed: “We’re going to try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present.”

In the same interview, Berngrad confirmed plans for a sequel to 21 Jump Street, the hit action comedy starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill that was released earlier this year (2012). “Yes, we plan to start shooting next fall,” he said of the follow-up. Berngrad also revealed that a new Men In Black movie is in the works following the success of the third instalment earlier this year.

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