The fun, magic, and wonder of the 1995 classic, Jumanji, returns to theaters this December with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The original film starred the great Robin Williams, who tragically passed away three years ago, and with the reboot of Jumanji, there comes a certain responsibility to pay homage to the original that is beloved by a generation. Speaking with Screen Rant, producer Matt Tolmach spoke about the idea behind the continuance of the original film’s spirit while laying down groundwork for potential future films:
“It’s a… honestly, and I know this is going to sound like a ‘positioning statement’ but it’s true, we’ve always looked at it as like another Jumanji adventure. The idea is Jumanji is this game — I mean that idea comes from the original movie. Comes from the book, you know? That there is this game, and the game sort of travels. Through time, certainly in the first movie, and around the world. So the idea is: the game is the thing that is the legacy… It doesn’t involve any of the specific characters – although, perhaps — but not literally those people. It’s another Jumanji adventure using a lot of the same mythology. And I love that idea, not in a clever like, ‘ahh there’s a lot of movies to be made here,’ although that’s not terrible either. But the idea that Jumanji travels… If you happen to find it on a beach, crazy s*** will happen, you know what I mean? So it’s a completely different adventure than that, but borrows from the fundamental mythology of the game.”
Many of you may remember the 2005 film, Zathura: A Space Adventure, which was very much like Jumanji, except the concept was taken into space, and was originally conceived as a direct sequel to Jumanji. The books the movies are based on were written by the same author, Chris Van Allsburg. I like the concept that Tolmach talked about, that the game can show up anywhere, and there are a lot of possibilities to explore with this film wise.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hits theaters December 20.
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SOURCE: Screen Rant