‘Jumanji’ remake scheduled for Christmas 2016

Little has been heard about the remake since it was announced in July 2012

Sony Pictures Entertainment has scheduled its remake of Jumanji for next year’s festive season.

The remake of the classic Robin Williams film, which has been in the works for around three years, will open in US cinemas on December 25, 2016. Its UK release date has yet to be confirmed.

The Jumanji remake was announced in July 2012, when it was reported that the new movie would try to “re-imagine” the original film and “update it for the present”. At the time, The Amazing Spider-Man producer Matt Tolmach was understood to be working on the remake alongside William Teitler and Ted Field, two of the original film’s producers. Stranger Than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm was later hired to write the remake’s script, but little has been heard about the project since then.

Released in 1995, Jumanji revolved around a kind of supernatural board game that made wild animals and other jungle hazards appear as the players rolled the dice. It was based upon an 1981 fantasy novel of the same name by author Chris Van Allsburg.

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Among the players in the original film was a young Kirsten Dunst, just 13 at the time, while Williams starred as a man who emerges from the game’s magical jungle world. The movie performed well at the box office, grossing more than $260 million (£167 million) worldwide, but no sequel was ever made.