Johnson posted an image to his Instagram showing a pair of hands holding a weathered Jumanji video game cartridge. The post is accompanied by the caption “Happy Valentines Day. Wanna play a game? Here we go… #StartOfProduction #Jumanji.”
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle proved to be a massive hit, making nearly $1 billion globally and becoming one of the top blockbusters of 2017. The film held the #1 position in the box office for three weekends. Overall, it was the fifth-highest grossing film of the year, passing Spider-Man: Homecoming but losing out to films like The Fate of the Furious and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Johnson's first Jumanji film ends with the titular video game cartridge seemingly destroyed, A follow-up was in the cards during the production of Welcome to the Jungle, with the cast confirming multiple alternate endings that left the door open for a sequel. Not a lot is known about the sequel at this time, though it is expected to reunite stars Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan with Johnson. Director Jake Kasdan is also returning for the project.
The original Jumanji, released in 1995 and starring Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst, was based on the 1981 novel of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. It was followed up with two attempts to expand the franchise: an animated series, Jumanji, which ran for three years, and Zathura: A Space Adventure, which was based on a sequel novel also by Van Allsburg.
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas, the still-untitled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle sequel is expected to release December 13, 2019.