Dwayne Johnson Says Jumanji Reboot Will Honor Robin Williams
Last month Sony announced that it was going to make a new Jumanji movie with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart. It will be directed by Bad Teacher and Sex Tape helmer Jake Kasdan. Just looking at the two actors I speculated that this movie is not going to be like it’s amazing classic sibling from 1995 starring Robin Williams.
Apparently it seems like that might not be the case as Dwayne Johnson promises that Jumanji won’t be a straight movie remake but rather a re-imagining of award-winning writer Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 source material about a magical board game that uses real animals as well as real jungle elements while the game is played. The movie will also feature five leads instead of three. He also plans to pay tribute to Robin Williams and his character.
Here’s what he had to say;
And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part… in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI
I still adore the original Jumanji flick, Robin Williams’ role in the movie was pretty solid. I hope ‘The Rock’ does justice to both Alan Parish & Robin Williams. Although I am more worried about Kevin Hart than Dwayne Johnson. Anyways the flick hits theaters on July 28, 2017.