Last week, we reported that Central Intelligence stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are in talks to reunite for Sony's long-awaited remake of Jumanji, which has already been set for release on July 28, 2017. Earlier today, The Rock made his part in the movie official, revealing through his Instagram page that he has signed on to star in and produce this fantasy adventure, while confirming that production will begin this fall. There is no word on whether or not Kevin Hart has signed on. Take a look at what the action icon had to say on Instagram below.
"It's OFFICIAL: Love this script! Big movie news that me and my canine gal Shang are excited to share;) To produce, create and deliver original properties to fans like HBO's #ballers to this summer's #CentralIntelligence is one of the best parts of my job. But to take great properties that are beloved worldwide like #BAYWATCH and #RAMPAGE and have the opportunity reimagine their stories in dope new ways to a whole new generation is truly an honor. It's official. We'll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There's games you play for fun... then there's games that change your life. Jumanji Working on edging up an already very good script with my @sevenbucksprod team. Up next is meeting with our producer Matt Tolmach and director Jake Kasdan. Shooting starts this fall. Promise to deliver something cool and special.. and not screw the whole damn thing up;). As always I'll keep you posted. Casting this should be fun!"
Back in February, Dwayne Johnson broke down his entire production schedule for the year, which kicked off with the new season of HBO's Ballers, debuting this summer, followed by Baywatch, which he's currently shooting now. After that shoot wraps up, the actor will move on to film Fast & Furious 8, and then he was originally supposed to move on to shoot Rampage after that. Last week's report revealed that production on Rampage has been pushed into 2017, giving Dwayne Johnson the opening in his schedule needed to shoot Jumanji this fall, as he revealed on Instagram.
Jake Kasdan, best known for comedies like Sex Tape, Bad Teacher and Walk Hard, is directing from a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, who rewrote an early draft by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Matt Tolmach is producing alongside William Teitler, with Ted Field, Mike Weber and author Chris Van Allsburg, who wrote the original Jumanji book, executive producing. Jumanji currently has the July 28, 2017 weekend to itself, but it will debut a week after Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, EuropaCorp's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and 20th Century Fox's The Story of Ferdinand.
No specific details were given for Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart's characters in the Jumanji remake, but the story follows a 12-year-old boy trapped in a board game back in 1969 who is released 45 years later. The movie will be heavy on action and comedy, along with fantasy elements. Take a look at Dwayne Johnson's Instagram post below, and stay tuned for more on Jumanji.