If there was any question before about exactly what the new Jumanji will be, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has a new post on Instagram that clears up any confusion. According to the actor, who will be starring in this new take on the 1995 classic, he is setting out to continue the story, not reboot it. He has this to say.
"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."
When previously talking about the new Jumanji, The Rock was quick to mention that this version will honor the memory of the late Robin Williams. Now, it sounds as though Williams' Alan Parrish character will be part of the story somehow. The story of this new Jumanji hasn't been revealed quite yet.
In the original Jumanji, a magical board game unleashes a world of adventure on siblings Peter (Bradley Pierce) and Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst). While exploring an old mansion, the youngsters find a curious, jungle-themed game called Jumanji in the attic. When they start playing, they free Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who's been stuck in the game's inner world for decades. If they win Jumanji, the kids can free Alan for good. But that means braving giant bugs, ill-mannered monkeys and even stampeding rhinos!
It's likely that The Rock and his pals will also discover the board game, though it is not yet clear if someone is still locked in the game, or if one of the three leads gets locked in the game as a child, with the other two trying to free him as an adult. In recent weeks, Dwayne Johnson has made headlines for going public with an on-set feud that happened while shooting Fast 8. The actor has made up with his co-stars for the most part, and has wrapped his portion on that action sequel. He went onto say this.
"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."
So, the Jumanji remake is officially a 'sequel' and it is next on Dwayne Johnson's long list of upcoming movies. He's also slated for the video game adaptation Rampage, Disney's Jungle Cruise movie and a remake of Big Trouble in Little China. And at some point we assume that he'll shoot G.I. Joe 3, but who knows when that will happen, or if that franchise is preparing itself for a reboot.