Jumanji, Chris Van Allsburg’s awesome fantasy-adventure picture book, already has a thrilling movie adaptation (from 1995), starring the late and greatly talented Robin Williams (in an endearing and charming role as a man released from a jungle-themed board game after 25 years). A remake has been announced, set to be directed by the comedic Jake Kasdan (he’s directed and produced a bunch of sweet-and-funny episodes of New Girl and Freaks and Geeks). Three actors have officially been cast in the re-imagining of Jumanji, entitled Jumanji Breakfast Club.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who excitedly announced his involvement in the production on Instagram, Jack Black, and Kevin Hart have all been confirmed to star in the remake. Boy do they have some big shoes to fill! There will be some major changes in Jumanji Breakfast Club according to Johnson, but the actor also promised to respect Williams’s legacy:
“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 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 word out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down with that smile and laugh.”
Commence the tears.
Although always a bit skeptical of remakes, we expect that known funny-guys Black, Hart, and Johnson will at least make us giggle in our seats. “Two big roles left. One bad ass girl. One semi-sorta bad ass dude. Who will they be…” wrote Johnson.
It’s been about 11 years since the first film came out and computer graphics have changed quite a bit. If the CGI is anything like The Jungle Book, then this will be a stunning (and exciting!) remake! But, of course, nothing will surpass the epic picture-book.
Although no exact date has been confirmed, Jumanji Breakfast Club should be released in 2017.
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