Jake Kasdan Directing ‘Jumanji’ Reboot

Jake Kasdan Directing 'Jumanji' Reboot
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Sony has tapped “Sex Tape” director Jake Kasdan to helm its reboot of “Jumanji,” set for a Dec. 25 release.

Sony-based Matt Tolmach is producing the project with Bill Teitler. Ted Field and Mike Weber will executive produce.

The film is a new take on Chris Van Allsburg’s original 1981 adventure book, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Van Allsburg will also executive produce.

The studio is moving aggressively on the project, given that it plans to release the film in less than a year. The reboot is the first title set for a Christmas release — which means that it opens nine days after the launch of Disney’s “Star Wars: Rogue One” origins movie.

The reboot’s script has been written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, based on a draft by the original writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.

The 1995 film “Jumanji” starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde and Bebe Neuwirth. The story centers on a 12-year-old boy who becomes trapped in a board game in 1969 and is released 26 years later.

“Jumanji” was a success with a $260 million worldwide gross for Sony. The studio’s 2005 film “Zathura,” also based on a Van Allsburg book, underperformed with $65 million worldwide.

Kasdan’s feature credits include “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” “Bad Teacher” and “Sex Tape.” TV credits include “Freaks and Geeks” and “New Girl.” He’s repped by WME.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Samuel Wallace says:

    From a kids’ point of view, a Jumanji remake could be okay, though I’m curious how they’ll adapt the “evil boardgame” premise into a more modern concept. Then again, the old, outdated-ness of board-games could lend a creepy, folklore novelty to the story. The stuff that is interesting as a kid would be improved by a reboot, because the effects — 90’s CGI especially — could use a spiffing up.

    That said, this remake is going to be way LESS enjoyable for adults watching it, just simply for the lack of Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt. As an older person re-watching Jumanji recently, I find that Robin Williams chemistry with Bonnie Hunt is the real highlight of the film, rendering the whole thing more watchable, and that’s an important aspect that the remake will be lacking.

    So, what the remake should do is focus on the adventure, make the graphics good, make the side-characters less annoying, and put more focus on the child characters — and keep them likable.

    Though one thing that I think SHOULD absolutely be included in the remake is the underlying them of Consequence.
    The board-game is hid in a bad location, and as a CONSEQUENCE is found years later.
    The boy plays a game he found 30 feet underground and as a CONSEQUENCE gets banished to a jungle for a few decades.
    Further, when he comes out, he finds an employee of his dad to have been fired and changed careers as a consequence of the boy’s carelessness all those years ago.

    The moral of the story is: Don’t play board-games, and watch out for CONSEQUENCES of your life’s mistakes or you’ll get shot in the a## and mauled by a lion all while staring at badly animated monkeys.

    Though one thing this remake has to its advantage is that the original PERFECTLY set it up, with them SPOILER!!! throwing the game into the sea, but then years later, there’s people playing on a beach and the camera pans down to the game washed ashore, waiting to be discovered by the next victim. dun dun dun dun dun dun dun dun DUN DUN DUN DUN.
    I sincerely hope the “remake” just turns out to be a previously alluded-to sequel, then they have the freedom to NOT have Jack Black do a Robin williams impression.

  2. kloroxx says:

    I love the original movie, but i don’t expect too much of this reboot… :-/

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