If you were hoping to spend a warm day next summer in a theater watching the sequel to “Jumanji," you're about to be disappointed. Star Dwayne Johnson announced the release of the film will be delayed, from the original July 28 to Christmas 2017.
Posting on his Instagram account, the actor explained that as they put the fantasy adventure together, it was shaping up to be a holiday feature rather than summer popcorn fare.
“We were always slated to be released summer of 2017," he wrote, "but after months of shooting and editing our movie together, we realized we have a big family franchise on our hands, that's full of Christmas wish fulfillment, fun and heart.”
"Right down Dwanta Claus lane.." Excited to share this great news: CHRISTMAS of 2017 comes early for our #JUMANJI SEQUEL. We were always slated to be released summer of 2017, but after months of shooting and editing our movie together, we realized we have a big family franchise on our hands, that's full of Christmas wish fulfillment, fun and heart. Like so many of us, it's my FAVORITE time of the year and I LUV delivering holiday entertainment. From MOANA this Thanksgiving, to ROCK THE TROOPS this Christmas, to JUMANJI next Christmas! Calling Rudolph now to get our sleigh and fanny packs. #JUMANJI #SonyPictures #HereComesDwantaClaus??CHRISTMAS 2017
According to reports, "Jumanji" will be a “continuation” of the 1995 comedy classic starring Robin Williams. An adaptation of the 1981 children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, the original centered on a young boy named Alan Parrish, who becomes trapped in a board game while playing with his best friend Sarah Whittle. Nearly three decades later, two siblings discover the game and unwittingly release the now-adult Alan (Williams). After finding Sarah, they work together to finish the game in hopes of undoing all of the destruction it unleashed.
Directed by Jake Kasdan ("Bad Teacher"), the new "Jumanji" reportedly revolves around four teens who play the game, and control the avatars of stars Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan. Nick Jonas also stars.