Jumanji 3 is officially happening. This is not at all surprising, given the success of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at the box office, which is still chugging along very slowly and is near the $1 billion mark. There had been reports that Sony was already developing a sequel, with the same cast and core creative team in place, but now it's a sure thing. Dwayne Johnson took to social media to announced that Jumanji 3 is being worked on. His plate is rather full of projects right now, but this one sounds like a priority.
The Rock took to Instagram to provide his fans with a little update, just as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle officially became Sony's highest-grossing domestic release ever at the box office. The sequel to the original 1995 movie, which starred the late Robin Williams, has just passed Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man, with a domestic total of $403.7 million. Dwayne Johnson posted a video thanking his fans, while also dropping the news that they're officially working on Jumanji 3. Here's what he had to say in the caption provided with the video, with The Rock teasing the death of Kevin Hart's character.
"It's official: Last night you made Jumanji, Sony's biggest movie ever. EVER. Previous record held by SpiderMan. My #1 goal is always giving the audience what they want and always sending ya home happy. Working on the sequel now, so bye bye @kevinhart4real's character. Love y'all and Thank you. #JUMANJI #BiggestEver #Sony"
Worldwide, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sits at $950.8 million. The movie also won over and fans and critics, sitting at a 76 percent approval rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. More importantly, given Dwayne Johnson's commitment to pleasing audiences, the movie has an 88 percent audience rating. So from a business perspective, Jumanji 3 feels like a home run.
We reported in February that writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, who were two of four credited writers on Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, were in negotiations to pen the upcoming sequel. It's also expected that director Jake Kasdan will be back at the helm for this next movie as well, with the core cast, including Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan, expected to reprise their roles. Currently, there are no story details and bringing them back raises questions about how Jumanji 3 will work out, but it makes sense to not break up the team that made this movie a success.
There's no release date set for Jumanji 3 yet, but Sony is said to be aiming for a December 2019 release, which is probably wishful thinking, given Johnson's very busy schedule. Plus, that would put it up against Star Wars 9. Though, The Last Jedi wasn't really a problem with this most recent movie. Star Wars doesn't scare The Rock. But still, 2020 would seem more realistic, given the development time needed. However that all shakes out, the movie is definitely happening. You can check out Dwayne Johnson's Instagram video for yourself below.