Zathura: According to Variety, negotiations have begun for Jon Favreau to direct Zathura, the follow-up to Jumanji, at Columbia Pictures.

The sequel to the 1995 blockbuster has had a long history at Col. Studio went through numerous directors and spent many millions to develop script drafts that were eventually scrapped.

Final script was ultimately crafted by David Koepp, the scribe behind another Col blockbuster, Spider-man, and the studio's upcoming Secret Window.

In the original "Jumanji," a board game set in the jungle became terrifyingly real. "Zathura," based on the book by Chris Van Allsburg, will be set within the confines of an intergalactic board game.

Brian B.