‘Stranger Than Fiction’ writer Zach Helm to pen ‘Jumanji’ remake

With Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler producing

Stranger Than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm has been brought on board by Columbia to write the script for their Jumanji remake.

It was announced last Summer Jumanji would be getting a remake with Columbia’s Doug Belgrad saying that the plan was to “try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present”. Since then there’s been little development with the film but the appointment of a scriptwriter is set to change that.

The original 1995 family adventure starred a young Kristen Dunst as one of two children who discover an old magic board-game that releases wild man Robin Williams into their world. The film differed greatly from the book it’s based on by Chris Van Allsburg and was credited with furthering the development of CGI animals after Jurassic Park.

Although Zach Helm is known for his work on Stranger Than Fiction he has previously written scripts for similar childhood films such as Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler are producing the project.