The Jumanji reboot that won’t be the same without Robin Williams in it, has found a director to helm the project. According to reports all over town, Jake Kasdan is here.
Kasdan is most known for his work on Bad Teacher, “Freaks and Geeks,” and “The Grinder.” So maybe it won’t be that bad considering all those things are really good.
Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are the reboot’s writers with a script based on a draft by the original movie’s writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.
Jumanji the reboot is so far not being well received by fans and audiences. Because I mean cmon. The original is golden. The 1995 classic grossed more than $260 million globally and starred Williams and tiny teen Kirsten Dunst alongside David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, and Bebe Neuwirth.
Unfortunately, considering the film’s follow up Zathura didn’t fare to well and could be considered a sign that hey maybe we don’t try to mess with original again? Jumanji was based on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg and the book’s sequel “Zathura” was very similar to the original, going so far as having cameos of the original boardgame. The two were very similar. Had the movie been actually a sequel and not a loose followup that never mentioned “Jumanji” maybe it would have fared better.
Regardless, it seems like a sign that maybe we should leave well enough alone.
But that isn’t happening and Jumanji the reboot is moving forward. Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler will produce the movie. Ted Field, Mike Weber and Van Allsburg will serve as executive producers with Sony eyeing a release date of Dec. 25, 2016.