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The Rock’s “Jumanji” Reboot Isn’t Actually a Reboot at All

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The Rock’s “Jumanji” Reboot Isn’t Actually a Reboot at All

Adventurers beware: do not start until you intend to finish.

Actually, scratch that. The following is nowhere near as long as a game of “Jumanji” or even a reboot of the beloved adventure film. Actually, scratch that, too, because according to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson — who signed on as the movie’s star back in May — “Jumanji” won’t be a reboot at all, but a “continuation.”

“Now in two weeks I’ll reunite with ol’ friends Kevin Hart & Jack Black and we have the honor to introduce a whole new generation to the amazing world of #JUMANJI. *(for the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story),” he posted on Instagram this past weekend.

We’re not sure how that’ll play out, as he’s playing protagonist Alan Parrish, a role originally portrayed by the late Robin Williams. Needless to say, they don’t look or sound much alike. Then again, maybe that could be kind of cool, to just change up the character and not make too big a fuss of it. Or maybe he gets sucked back into the board game and spends the next 26 years working out in the jungle. See the full post below:

Yo.. Lots of positive 👍🏾 chatter now on something I should’ve clarified months ago when we announced we were making JUMANJI. This new movie will NOT be a remake or reboot of the original. It will be a CONTINUATION of the awesome JUMANJI adventure 20 years later. As a producer on this movie and someone who loves the original, you have my word we’ll honor the legend of “Alan Parrish” and properly introduce a whole new generation to the fun and crazy JUMANJI universe that so many of us loved and grew up on. Our director Jake Kasdan and lead producer Matt Tohlmach are focused and ready go. They also have no f*cking idea what they’ve gotten themselves into by hiring Me, Kevin Hart and Jack Black aka “The Cray Cray Triplets” as the stars of this movie.😂💀 Shooting begins in 4 weeks. And on a personal note, it’s such a cool thing for me to bring the production of this movie to Hawaii. The positive ripple effect it has on local businesses and families in terms of creating jobs and additional income makes me very happy. I grew up on the island thru hard times and good times, so it means a lot to this local boy. Hell, I used to steal a Snickers candy bar every day from 7-11 when I walked to the gym as my pre workout meal when I was 14yrs cause I was too broke to buy one. When I return to Hawaii, I will go back to that 7-11 (on Kapiolani Blvd) and finally buy that Snickers bar after all these years. Then I’ll proceed to my psychiatric therapy session cause clearly I’m still messed up over that broke time in my life. #JUMANJI #HAWAII #SonyPictures #SnickersForTheWholeCrew

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The original “Jumanji” film was released in 1995 and starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, and Bebe Neuwirth. It followed the story of Alan Parrish, a 12-year-old boy who got trapped inside the board game “Jumanji.” Williams played the adult Parrish, who wasn’t let out of the game until 26 years later.

Sony’s “Jumanj” will be directed by Jake Kasdan (“Get Hard”) and written by Scott Rosenberg (“Gone in Sixty Seconds”) and Jeff Pinkner (“Transformers 5.”). Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas and Jack Black also recently joined the cast.

(via The Wrap)

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