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Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart Entering Jumanji Reboot?

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The Jumanji reboot we didn’t ask for has possibly added two stars you didn’t know you wanted until it was announced. According to a report from Variety, Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are in VERY early talks to join the cast of the Sony Pictures reboot.

Jumanji the reboot is being directed by Jake Kasdan. It is being described as a new take on the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. The original movie starring Robin Williams was also based on the children’s book. The reboot is supossed to be more of a reboot of the book rather than the movie.

The book follows a jungle themed board game that comes to life while you play it causing a lot of trouble for young kids you stumble upon it one afternoon.

Johnson and Hart have already teamed up for the upcoming New Line action-comedy Central Intelligence (opening June 17) and they also co-hosted the MTV Movie Awards earlier this month. Hart and Johnson have not been confirmed for the movie yet.

Jumanji is scheduled to open July 28, 2017.

Jumanji Reboot Finds Director

 

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.

Zach Helm Writing the Jumanji Remake

It was announced a few months ago that beloved film and children’s book, Jumanji, was getting a remake. Now, Heat Vision has reported that the project has hired a screenwriter.

Zach Helm, most know for his work on Stranger Than Fiction and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, has been hired to write the script for the Columbia Pictures re-imagining.

Most will remember the 1995 film starring Robin Williams, though the story was originally a short story of the same name written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. The children’s book was released in 1981.

The plot followed two kids who play an old magic boardgame and release a man (Robin Williams) as well as many dangers that can be stopped only by finishing the game. The new film will likely tweak the premise and refashion the story for present day.

Jumanji initially grossed $263 million worldwide and the remake is expected to do extremely well.

Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler are producing the reimagining of the story. Ted Field and Mike Weber are executive producing.

There is no word on who is attached to star in the project or a projected release date for the film.

Jumanji Reimagining In Production For Sony

After spinning a hit out of The Amazing Spider-Man, producer Matt Tolmach has been set by Sony Pictures to produce its reimagining of Joe Johnston’s 1995 pic Jumanji along with original producer William Teitler.

Original exec producer Ted Field will return to executive produce with his Radar Pictures exec Mike Weber.

The plt followed two kids who play an old magic boardgame and release a man (Robin Williams) as well as many dangers that can be stopped only by finishing the game. The new film will likely tweak the premise and refashion the story for present day.

Despite most remembering the film version, the story of Jumanji is actually based on a short story of the same name written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. The children’s book was released in 1981. The biggest notable difference between the plots of the short story and the film is the ending. In the movie, after everything is undone, the children’s parents are having a christmas party that is attended by the man they met playing the game (as he is no longer inside the game). While in the story, the children simply see two young boys carrying the Jumanji game preparing to start a new game for themselves.

Jumanji initially grossed $263 million worldwide, and the source material of a children’s book lends itself to the sort of visual spectacle Sony has come to expect of its tentpole franchises.

The decision to update the “Jumanji” property reflects the studio’s mandate to increase the focus on films for family audiences, as Sony has found great success with its “Smurfs” franchise and the animated pic “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” which has a sequel on the horizon.

Tolmach is also developing Oren Uziel’s Black List script “The Kitchen Sink” with director Robbie Pickering, as well as an untitled royal wedding comedy from “500 Days of Summer” scribes Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter.