Jumanji is one of those films that could've done perfectly well without a sequel, prequel, reboot, spinoff, or any other type of derivative film. It was a fun, self-contained story that embodied a spirit of fun and adventure, and captured the essence of 1990s kid movies in the process. Growing up, I spent many a time disappearing into a VHS copy of the film, and it never dawned on me that I'd soon be able to revisit the world.
Fast forward to today, 2016, over 20 years after the release of the original film, and production has officially begun on the new Jumanji film, as evidenced by a new post from actor Dwayne Johnson from his Instagram account on Wednesday.
Check it out below:
Not much is known about Jumanji thus far other than the talent and crew. Actor Dwayne Johnson has stated that it's not a reboot but a continuation of the mythology, and as such, I'm assuming we can see this as another adventure set in the same world in the modern era, but I have no idea how something like this would work, given the way the original film ended.
Regardless, Johnson has proven to be a shining light in most of the movies he's involved in, and his projects these days tend to have big redeeming qualities in them, even if they aren't fantastic. Plus, joining him in this movie are Jack Black (who did a great job in Goosebumps recently) and Kevin Hart (who worked with Johnson in Central Intelligence), so even if I'm not fully sold on the concept, there's enough to like on the surface for me not to dismiss this one outright.
Jumanji hits theaters on July 28, 2017.
SOURCE: Dwayne Johnson