In 1995, TriStar Pictures released Joe Johnston’s family adventure film “Jumanji,” starring Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt, about a board game that comes to life and wreaks havoc until the players have completed it. The film was a box office success and has had a lasting impact on a generation of kids.
Now, a new “Jumanji” film, a continuation of the 1995 film, is currently in the works, and it stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (“Fast Five”), Kevin Hart (“Central Intelligence”), Jack Black (“School of Rock”), Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy”), and Nick Jonas (“Goat”). Check out a image from Kevin Hart’s Instragram below from the first day of the “Jumanji” shoot, featuring Hart, Johnson, Black, and Gillan in costume. The caption reads, “We had a amazing first day. The chemistry & energy of our cast & crew was beyond amazing!!!! This movie is going to be dope as hell.”
The film is set to be directed by Jake Kasdan. Kasdan has a wildly successful television career, directing and producing episodes for such acclaimed shows as “Freaks and Geeks,” “New Girl,” “Fresh Off the Boat,” and “The Grinder.” On the film side, he has directed the cult music biopic parody “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” as well as the commercially successful “Bad Teacher” and “Sex Tape.”
“Jumanji” is set to be released on July 28th, 2017 from Columbia Pictures.