Brace yourselves, ’90s kids, for another crucial piece of your childhood is at risk of being corrupted by the careless, pocket-lining fat cats of Hollywood. That, at least, seems the only reasonable response to the news that a new “Jumanji” movie is in the works, but Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is here to assuage our fears. In a typically hashtag-laden Instagram post marking the completion of production on “Fast and Furious 8,” the actor included a tidbit that should come as small comfort to many: “For the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome ‘Jumanji’ story.”
The original film, released in 1995 and starring Robin Williams, was a staple of many a twenty-something’s cinematic youth. As such, the fact that it’s being remade or otherwise revived has been met with a typically mixed reaction, part excitement and part trepidation. “Zathura,” a spiritual successor directed by Jon Favreau and adapted from another book by “Jumanji” author Chris Van Allsburg, was released in 2005.
Jake Kasdan (“Sex Tape,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”) is directing this new take on the material, which The Rock stars in alongside Kevin Hart and Jack Black. Sony will release the non-reboot on July 28 of next year.
Finished strong and on to the next. That’s an officially wrap on #FastAndFurious8. Thank you to our director @fgarygray for the vision and execution. Thank you UNIVERSAL for being tremendous partners as always, thank you to all my fellow co-stars for the daily effort and grind. Scott Eastwood you handsome sumbitch! Natalie Emmanuel I have a cold Budweiser ready for you and Tyrese Gibson you still have the biggest smile and forehead I’ve ever seen.???? And a huge THANK YOU to our hard working production crew – the backbone of our business. Your kind words meant a lot to me last night – thank you! In the end, we all rallied, as great teams do, kicked ass and will deliver an amazing movie to the world. Proud of our entire FAST FAMILY. And now in two weeks I’ll reunite with ol’ friends Kevin Hart & Jack Black and we have the honor to introduce a whole new generation to the amazing world of #JUMANJI. *(for the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story). It’s also crazy to me how much me, Kev and Jack look like triplets when we’re together. ????????????????????????. Man this is gonna be FUN. #WheelsUp #ThatsAWrap #FromFastAndFurious #StraightIntoJumanji #BigBrownBaldTattooedMan #DarkChocolateComedicRockStar #BrillaintCrazyCurvyCaucasion #TheseHashtagsAreRidiculous #INeedSleepAndCARBS #ButIWillSettleForTequila