There's a rumble in the jungle as Dwayne Johnson has confirmed a Jumanji sequel is "officially underway."
After Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle became one of 2017's biggest releases, Sony is moving forward with a sequel, which will technically be the third movie in the Jumanji franchise.
Although Johnson was already expected to reprise his role as Dr. Smolder Bravestone in a possible sequel, the news that work on a Welcome to the Jungle sequel has already started is great news for fans. With a targeted December 2019 release, Sony is getting a head start with its plans for Jumanji 3.
Posting on Instagram, The Rock shared an image of a Jumanji movie meeting in a post that read, “Ladies, gents and children of all ages. The Jumanji sequel is officially underway."
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Ladies, gents and children of all ages.. The JUMANJI SEQUEL is officially underway. Holy shit what a dynamite pitch from our writer/director Jake Kasdan. We couldn’t stop laughing and most importantly - like our first JUMANJI - the HEART in our story is our anchor. Writing with Jake, are our original JUMANJI writers Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg. Back to produce is my twin, Matt Tolmach and myself, @danygarciaco & @hhgarcia41. And sorry for the spoiler but @kevinhart4real dies in the first 15 seconds of the movie, to what I’m assuming will be a HUGE standing ovation from the audience and the cast @karengillanofficial @jackblack @nickjonas 😂 #TheSmolderReturns #SevenBucksProds #SONY #JUMANJI
Promising another comedy ensemble that focuses on its characters working together, Johnson continued, "Holy shit what a dynamite pitch from our writer/director Jake Kasdan. We couldn’t stop laughing and most importantly - like our first JUMANJI - the HEART in our story is our anchor."
In typical Johnson style, he couldn't help poking fun at co-star Kevin Hart, and joked that Hart's character will be killed off in the first 15 seconds of the sequel to "a HUGE standing ovation from the audience and the cast.”
The post also confirmed that original writers Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg will be back to pen the screenplay alongside director Jake Kasdan. Matt Tolmach will produce alongside Johnson.
Considering that Welcome to the Jungle is the highest-grossing non-Fast and Furious film for Johnson and Sony's highest-grossing movie of all time, there is a lot of pressure on Kasdan & Co. to deliver. There are no solid details on returning cast members, such as Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black, but get ready to find out more soon.