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Dwayne Johnson talks the Jumanji reboot and honoring Robin Williams

05.09.2016

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Giving Robin Williams' JUMANJI the reboot treatment feels like, at best, a pointless prospect, but with Dwayne Johnson on-board, I'm beginning to feel a small ray of hope that this could actually work out. The upcoming reboot is quickly coming together at Sony with Jake Kasdan (BAD TEACHER) taking on directing duties and Johnson recently updated his fans earlier today via Instagram.

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.

Following in Robin Williams' footsteps less than two years after his death struck many people the wrong way, but Dwayne Johnson assured his fans that the JUMANJI reboot will honor both Robin Williams and the character he played.

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.

Although it's not yet confirmed, Kevin Hart was also circling a starring role in the JUMANJI reboot, reuniting him with his CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE partner. Dwayne Johnson also revealed that there will be more main roles in this film, saying "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." While I'm not overly optimistic about this project, I'm curious to see what Johnson and company have in store; after all, Dwayne Johnson rarely fails to deliver some pure entertainment.

JUMANJI is set for a July 28, 2017 release.

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1:04PM on 05/10/2016
Why a reboot? Why not a sequel and acknowledge the events of the first one?
Why a reboot? Why not a sequel and acknowledge the events of the first one?
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12:14PM on 05/10/2016
I like Dwayne Johnson's films, but I don't feel a reboot of this movie is necessary. I do like his enthusiasm though.

We'll see how this one plays out.
I like Dwayne Johnson's films, but I don't feel a reboot of this movie is necessary. I do like his enthusiasm though.

We'll see how this one plays out.
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7:39AM on 05/10/2016
The Rock really needs to choose his projects a little better. The guy literally never sleeps with his insane schedule. Almost as if he's addicted to say 'yes' to every project thrown at him .
The Rock really needs to choose his projects a little better. The guy literally never sleeps with his insane schedule. Almost as if he's addicted to say 'yes' to every project thrown at him .
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12:20PM on 05/10/2016
There's another actor who should take that advice.

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There's another actor who should take that advice.

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5:29AM on 05/10/2016
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3:13AM on 05/10/2016
Nope!
Nope!
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2:34AM on 05/10/2016
sounds like it's in great hands. not many people would think to start with the material from the book that they're adapting into a movie in order to 'craft something cool'.
this guy really is likable, it's just that most of his films….aren't.
maybe honor robin williams by not having kevin hart in this.
sounds like it's in great hands. not many people would think to start with the material from the book that they're adapting into a movie in order to 'craft something cool'.
this guy really is likable, it's just that most of his films….aren't.
maybe honor robin williams by not having kevin hart in this.
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9:53PM on 05/09/2016
This will probably be just as forgettable as that Race to Witch Mountain remake he did a few years ago. Or Journey 2. I like Johnson, but his project choices leave me scratching my head.
This will probably be just as forgettable as that Race to Witch Mountain remake he did a few years ago. Or Journey 2. I like Johnson, but his project choices leave me scratching my head.
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9:44PM on 05/09/2016
He seems like a really genuine guy, but I've never really enjoyed any of his films to a large extent. There fun to watch (especially the Rundown), but there's just something.
He seems like a really genuine guy, but I've never really enjoyed any of his films to a large extent. There fun to watch (especially the Rundown), but there's just something.
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9:24PM on 05/09/2016

I Love the Original

That said, I also trust Mr. Johnson. He never fails to entertain.
That said, I also trust Mr. Johnson. He never fails to entertain.
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