Sony Plans on Rolling the Dice for Brand New Adaptation of 'Jumanji'
It's been 17 years since one of my favorite childhood books hit the big screen in the form of Jumanji, the family action adventure comedy that pitted Robin Williams and Bonnie Hunt, along with a very young Kirsten Dunst, against the dangers of the jungle in contemporary times. Ten years later, the similar space centric book Zathura was turned into a film by Jon Favreau, and now we're going full circle as Doug Belgrad, the head honcho at Columbia Pictures, has revealed they're working on a new version of Jumanji (in addition to all their sequels now in development). Frankly, this isn't all that surprising. More below!
At the time of the film's release, the special effects were pretty groundbreaking, but in 17 years, the developments in technology since then should allow for an even more thrilling adventure, and likely in 3D. The film was a huge success at a time when Robin Williams was at the top of his game at the box office, so it stands to reason that with the right cast, this classic children's book could see another round of money raked in again. In the original film, a board game unleashes the dangers of the jungle on a couple unsuspecting kids. It added adult characters into the mix to allow a name to draw in audiences, but it's not clear how this new approach will adapt the book. Belgrad told THR they're updating the story for the present, so we might see a new version of the game in the form of a computer game or something like that.
Joe Johnston directed the first film, but for a reboot, I'd like to see what directors like Phil Lord and Chris Miller could do with the property. It wouldn't be hard since he duo have 21 Jump Street and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at the studio, so they have a good relationship. Of course, this does seem like another cash grab at a familiar, established brand name that will just give kids toys at Burger King to sell at garage sales when they become a teenager and all that jazz. We're not sure how far along this new adaptation is, so stay tuned as more information becomes available.