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Dwayne Johnson Wrapped On FAST 8, Says JUMANJI Is A Continuation, Not A Reboot

Fast 8 may have had a bit of a bumpy landing at the tail end of its production, but it sounds like actors Dwayne Johnson and (who we assume is) Vin Diesel were able to put whatever differences they had aside and finish up their final scenes in the latest film in the Fast & Furious franchise. 

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To commemorate this occasion, Johnson, of course, took to Instagram (shown above) to give an update to his fans. As one of the busiest men in Hollywood right now, it’s always a bit inspiring to see him giving us a look at his life behind the scenes, and how crazy it must be hopping from production to production.

Here’s what Johnson had to say regarding Fast 8:

“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.”

But Fast 8 wasn’t the only one of his projects that got an update. As we reported on some time ago, Jumanji is another film (of the 76 films he has planned in the next three months) that Johnson is looking to get involved with next. While we did report that there would be another Jumanji film coming, there weren’t any details as to what this reboot would be. Well, as it turns out, it ain’t no reboot:

“And now 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.”

So, rather than go the typical reboot route with Jumanji, the filmmakers are planning it as a continuation of the story from the Robin Williams film from mid-1990s. It’s an interesting approach, and I have to wonder just how they plan on continuing said story. They’ll certainly have some big shoes to fill for those who were kids when that film first came out, but if there was a group of actors who could make it work, it’s those three. With a cast like that, we definitely wouldn’t be able to say they’re trying to re-tread the same territory. The dynamic and tone will likely be substantially different than in the original film.

What do you think? Do you like the fact that the new Jumanji is going to be a continuation of the original (though I hesitate to call it a sequel)? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Jumanji is set to hit theaters on July 28, 2017.

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