‘Jumanji’ Reboot Finds a Director in ‘Walk Hard’s’ Jake Kasdan

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‘Jumanji’ Reboot Finds a Director in ‘Walk Hard’s’ Jake Kasdan

Sony has selected Jake Kasdan (“Sex Tape,” “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”) to direct their reboot of “Jumanji,” set for a December 25, 2016, release date.

According to Variety, Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner wrote the screenplay for the reboot, based on a draft by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Matt Tolmach, Bill Teitler, Ted Field and Mike Weber are producing.

Based on Chris Van Allsburg’s original 1981 adventure book, “Jumanji” was adapted into a successful 1995 film starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde and Bebe Neuwirth.

“Jumanji” tells the tale of a 12-year-old boy who gets trapped in a board game in 1969, only to be released 26 years later.