The upcoming Jumanji reboot/sequel/remake is now in post production, and boasts a cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart.
The project has been fighting against the fact that the original movie is a cherished film for many, and Johnson for one has been keen to stress that they’re honouring the memory of that film, and not aiming to trample all over it.
As it turns out, the new movie is doing a few different things. The focus this time, it’s been revealed, won’t be on an ancient board game. Rather, at the heart of the story in the new version is a video game where the four leads are avatars as such, representing four high school teenagers. Said teenagers are in detention, and are ordered to clean out the basement of their school, which is where they find an old games console, and the Jumanji game.
The new film also has a new title, with a nod to a previous The Rock release. It’s now going by the name Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.
Footage from the movie was showcased at CinemaCon in the US earlier this week, and the reaction to it has been really quite strong.
The film lands in cinemas in December, with Jake Kasdan directing.