“Jumanji” will be getting a delayed — albeit festive — start.
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"Right down Dwanta Claus lane.." Excited to share this great news: CHRISTMAS of 2017 comes early for our #JUMANJI SEQUEL. We were always slated to be released summer of 2017, but after months of shooting and editing our movie together, we realized we have a big family franchise on our hands, that's full of Christmas wish fulfillment, fun and heart. Like so many of us, it's my FAVORITE time of the year and I LUV delivering holiday entertainment. From MOANA this Thanksgiving, to ROCK THE TROOPS this Christmas, to JUMANJI next Christmas! Calling Rudolph now to get our sleigh and fanny packs. #JUMANJI #SonyPictures #HereComesDwantaClaus🎅🏾CHRISTMAS 2017
The film was initially set to hit theaters during the summer, on July 28, 2017, and will now bow on Dec. 22, 2017.
“We were always slated to be released summer of 2017, but after months of shooting and editing our movie together, we realized we have a big family franchise on our hands, that’s full of Christmas wish fulfillment, fun, and heart,” Johnson said.
The movie will now face off against “Pitch Perfect 3,” the animated pic “Ferdinand,” and another reboot, “The Six Billion Dollar Man.” Sony moved “The Dark Tower’s” release on Thursday from its original February 2017 date to “Jumanji’s” old July slot.
“Jumanji” also stars Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Kevin Hart, who posted a first look at the new movie in September.
The ex-WWE wrestler and the world’s highest paid actor also emphasized his love for “delivering holiday entertainment” by noting his other upcoming releases, which include Disney’s “Moana” on Nov. 23, and the star-studded tribute to the armed forces, “Rock the Troops,” on Christmas.
Variety recently learned that Johnson is set to return to his wrestling roots for an upcoming comedy inspired by his time in WWE. Fox acquired the series, which also counts Will Ferrell as a producer.