Jack Black in Talks to Join Dwayne Johnson in ‘Jumanji’

Jack Black is in negotiations to join Dwayne Johnson in Sony Pictures’ new re-imagining of the classic children’s book “Jumanji.” Jake Kasdan is on board to direct with Matt Tolmach producing.

Variety also broke the news that Kevin Hart was in talks to star. Sources indicate that his deal is still being worked out.

The pic is set to bow on July 28, 2017.

William Teitler is also producing. Ted Field, Mike Weber, Johnson, Dany Garcia and Van Allsburg are executive producing. Principal photography is expected to start this August in Honolulu.

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 “Jumanji” movie 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.

Black became a favorite of Sony following the success of its “Goosebumps” movie, which is now having a sequel developed. Black most recently lent his voice to “Kung Fu Panda 3.”

He is repped by WME. The Wrap first reported the news.

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