Instead of trying to overhaul something dear from our childhood in 2016, the new Jumanji movie will step away from the reboot trend and be a sequel to the original '90s classic.
Dwayne Johnson, star of the upcoming movie, confirmed the sequel on his Instagram, saying “for the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story.”
The film, currently slated for summer 2017, will be directed by Jake Kasdan and star Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and, reportedly, Nick Jonas. Announced last year, there was some backlash and controversy in regards the new Jumanji, as many said it's too close to the death of the original film's star, Robin Williams.
Jumanji's ending seemed to suggest a sequel. However, in the 20-plus years since its premiere, only Zathura: A Space Adventure has been released as a “spiritual sequel” in 2005, marketed with the tagline “from the world of Jumanji.”
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