Sony Pictures introduced an updated sequel to follow up 1995’s Jumanji starring the late Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bonnie Hunt.
Additionally, the second film isn’t even a direct sequel, but more of an updated and different take on the concept. It is also retitled as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
At CinemaCon 2017, Sony Picture brought on the stars of the film that included Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black. Johnson indicated there will be a few scenes that will show respect and as an homage towards the original film and Robin Williams.
Kevin Hart joined in the fun through a video, in which the whole cast praised everyone in production except for Hart. And Hart was making pissed off faces that his fellow cast members didn’t mentioned in on stage.
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The plot of the story is about four different high school teenagers serving detention. They are led into a basement, in which they must clean the room. During the cleaning, one discovers an Atari-looking game system. The four students each picked a different avatar character to play in the video game. And suddenly the students get transported into a video game inhabiting avatar bodies who are very different from their actual bodies. For example, the ditzy blonde girl transforms into an overweight middle-aged man played by Jack Black.
Now the four survivors must find a way out of the video game, which inhabits a jungle setting. Each character has its own strengths and weaknesses, in which they must work together as a team. To return to the real world, they must return a sacred jewel back to a statue while being pursued by evil ruffians, man-eating hippopotamus and a band of rhinoceros. Their biggest obstacle is that each character only has three lives. And an Indiana Jones-style character played by Nick Jonas is also there to help the group.
Before seeing this, I had no interest into watching Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and would immediately roll my eyes when someone mentions the movie. Now after watching a first look trailer, it seems there will be a lot of action and laughs with this film. Not to mention, Karen Gillan can kick some ass with her video game-like quality kung-fu.
The director is Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, Sex Tape).
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will make its way on to the big screen on December 22 later this year.