Unless you’re living under an MDMA soaked Coachella rock with a flower headband atop it, you know that Hollywood lives for giving us remakes and reboots we didn’t know we wanted. Probably because we don’t want them. If a movie is good enough to warrant a remake, does it really need to be remade? Amirite? What’s that about?! We’ve got steaming piles being thrown at us every other day. Amongst them is Bradley Cooper‘s A Star is Born that isn’t starring Beyonce, Fox’s Rocky Horror, James Franco‘s Mother, May I Sleep With Danger (UGH NO STOP) and the Dax Shepherd directed CHIPs. And now, we can add Jumanji to the list. Brought to us by The Rock, legal name, Dwayne Johnson.
Kylie Minogue‘s San Andreas co-star took to Instagram to announce the big news:
It’s OFFICIAL: Love this script! Big movie news that me and my canine gal Shang are excited to share;) To produce, create and deliver original properties to fans like HBO’s #ballers to this summer’s #CentralIntelligence is one of the best parts of my job. But to take great properties that are beloved worldwide like #BAYWATCH and #RAMPAGE and have the opportunity reimagine their stories in dope new ways to a whole new generation is truly an honor. It’s official. We’ll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There’s games you play for fun… then there’s games that change your life. JUMANJI Working on edging up an already very good script with my @sevenbucksprod team. Up next is meeting with our producer Matt Tolmach and director Jake Kasdan. Shooting starts this fall. Promise to deliver something cool and special.. and not screw the whole damn thing up;). As always I’ll keep you posted. Casting this should be fun! #JUMANJI #JungleLife #JustPressStart #SONYPictures
I don’t know where he finds time to work on all this stuff between going to the gym and eating enormous, barf inducing amounts of food, but he somehow does it. Through his production company, Seven Bucks Productions, he’s got a shit ton of remakes/reboots in the works, like Baywatch, Rampage, and Big Trouble in Little China. But BTiLC may not be happening after he read online reactions to the news. Honestly, that remake shouldn’t happen unless they can get Kim Cattrall, duh. News of the Jumanji remake first made the rounds back in 2015 when Sony released it’s upcoming schedule. At the time, it had a Christmas 2016 slated release, but that’s now been pushed back to July, 2017. I really hope that The Rock and the rest of the people behind this take care and attention to respecting the original and realise that the only way this remake could be acceptable is to get the real star of the original on board, Bebe Neuwirth! Jumanji is nothing without Aunt Nora!