Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was recently in the news for his feud with Fast 8 co-star Vin Diesel. Now, the former wrestler has shed some light on his next project, Jumanji 2.
After finishing the shooting of Fast and Furious 8, the actor took to his Instagram handle to show his appreciation towards the Universal and the rest of his cast and crew. Along with the appreciation message, Johnson stated that two weeks from now, he is going to team up with Kevin Hart and Jack Black for the filming of Jumanji.
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. 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. #WheelsUp #ThatsAWrap #FromFastAndFurious #StraightIntoJumanji #BigBrownBaldTattooedMan #DarkChocolateComedicRockStar #BrillaintCrazyCurvyCaucasion #TheseHashtagsAreRidiculous #INeedSleepAndCARBS #ButIWillSettleForTequila
“For the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story,” he further added.
In April, Johnson revealed the news of his involvement in the project.
“It’s official. We’ll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my favs: There’s games you play for fun…then there’s games that change your life. Jumanji.”
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
At the same time, even Ride Along star Hart talked about his involvement in the project. In his earlier interview with Entertainment Weekly, he stated that along with The Rock, they are doing a remake that apparently has no weak points.
“Jumanji was an amazing film — rest in peace to Robin Williams. So we’re not trying to recreate the movie that people may be familiar with, we’re trying to modernize it, for those people who don’t know what Jumanji is, in a clever, unique way.”
Released in 1995, Jumanji was an adaptation of the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. Written by Greg Taylor, Jim Strain and Jonathan, the adventure fantasy film featured an ensemble cast of Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt and Jonathan Hyde.
The story centered on a 12-year-old Alan Parrish, who gets trapped in a board game while playing with his friend Sarah Whittle in 1969. Twenty-six years later, when siblings Peter and Judy Shepherd finds the game and begins playing it, they release the now-adult Alan from the board game.
After tracking down Sarah, all four tries their best to finish the game in order to reverse all the chaos created by the game in their city.
Directed by Joe Johnston, Jumanji was made from a budget of $65 million and it earned more than $262 million at the box-office.
Well, this is not the first time when a sequel of this film is under production.
Back in 2005, a spiritual sequel, titled Zathura, was also released. The science fiction film was directed by Iron Man director, Jon Favreau. The film, however, does not mention any Jumanji material but it was marketed as such for promotional sequel with varying statements of the tagline,
“A new adventure from the world of Jumanji.”
Despite having positive reviews from the critics and the fans, the film was a box-office disaster.
On August 5, 2015, Sony Pictures Entertainment gave green light to the remake. However, E! News stated that the remake of the film was kind of insulting. Earlier this year, it was announced that Sex Tape and Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan will direct the remake.
Fans of the first part are still in doubt whether the remake will do any justice to the original characters. Hart and Johnson are both entertaining actors and in their recently released Central Intelligence, they both have proved that they have an amazing on-screen chemistry.
The duo will definitely give altogether a new perspective to the upcoming Jumanji 2. The film is under production and will be shot in Hawaii. Now, this is yet to be seen if Dwayne Jonson and Kevin Hart vehicle will bring back the same magic that Williams created.
Fast 8 opens April 14, 2017, and Jumanji 2 is scheduled to release on July 28, 2017.
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