Actor Karen Gillan has been roped in as the female lead in the upcoming Jumanji sequel, starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black.
The film is to be directed by Jake Kasdan. It is an adaptation of the 1981 children’s book and a sequel to the original starring Robin Williams, reports variety.com.
The plot of the film has been kept under wraps.
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! #JUMANJI #JungleLife #JustPressStart #SONYPictures
The 1995 Jumanji movie starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, and Bebe Neuwirth. The story centred on a 12-year-old boy who gets trapped in a board game in 1969 only to be released 26 years later.
“The number one component that’s been my driving force has been the opportunity to introduce Jumanji to a whole new generation. But in that spirit, we want to create a continuing story that feels fresh, cool and global. Create something that’s hopefully four quadrant in today’s market for the fans,” Johnson said.
Johnson also clarified that the new Jumanji would be a continuation of the classic movie and not a reboot. The film would also try its best to honour the memory of Williams.
“We added more characters to our story. Now there’s five heroes who all bring their own ‘strengths and weaknesses’ to the game. Of course we have our main antagonist and his bad guys and a fun ‘neutral’ character as well,” he said.
“One of the best elements from the original and one that we can build on is the animals of Jumanji. That was a such a dangerously fun element of the original movie and of course we had to carry on that tradition.
And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI
“Also, our continuation story (20 years later) allows us to recognise and pay homage to Robin Williams’ legacy in Jumanji. The character of Alan Parish will be immortalised in our movie. That’s what a sequel allows us to do, as well as explore a whole new Jumanji universe,” he added.
Produced by Matt Tolmach and William Teitler, the script of the film has been written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, based on a draft by the original writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.
The sequel is set to release on July 28 next year.
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