‘Spider-Man’ producer hired for ‘Jumanji’ reboot

Matt Tolmach will steer the new film alongside original 'Jumanji' producer William Teitler

Matt Tolmach, one of the producers of The Amazing Spider-Man, has been recruited for the new Jumanji movie.

Last week (July 20), Columbia Pictures president Doug Berngrad revealed that a reboot was in the early stages of development. “We’re going to try and re-imagine Jumanji and update it for the present,” he said at the time.

According to Variety, Columbia have now hired Tolmach to steer the project alongside William Teitler, one of the producers of the original Robin Williams film. Ted Field, who served as executive producer on the original, will assume the same role for the reboot.

Jumanji, 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 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.

As well as producing the Jumanji reboot, Tolmach is currently involved with several other movie projects, including an untitled comedy based on the royal wedding from the writers of 500 Days Of Summer.