Dwayne Johnson has revealed that what was initially thought to be a remake of the much-loved ’90s adventure fantasy will in fact be a sequel.
ohnson took to Instagram to update fans on the movie, which begins production shortly. “In two weeks I’ll reunite with ol’ friends Kevin Hart and Jack Black and we have the honor to introduce a whole new generation to the amazing world of Jumanji,” he wrote. “For the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome Jumanji story.”
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
The star first announced his involvement with the film back in April. “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,” he wrote on Instagram at the time.
Jake Kasdan, the son of legendary Star Wars writer Lawrence Kasdan, is directing, and the film opens on July 28, 2017.
The original 1995 Jumanji starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, and Bonnie Hunt. Williams’ character became stuck in a board game as young boy before being set free (along with other creatures and characters) in the modern day. Lots of craziness ensues, including elephants charging down main street. The movie ended with the game still existing, setting up a potential sequel.