'Stranger Than Fiction' Writer Hired to Script Columbia's New 'Jumanji'

December 7, 2012
Source: Heat Vision


As we heard this past summer Columbia Pictures is working on a new adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's classic children's book Jumanji. There's no director attached to the project yet, but Sony has taken one smart step forward by landing Stranger Than Fiction writer Zach Helm to script the new take on the 1981 tale of kids who have to deal with the dangers of the jungle when the titular board game starts unleashing animals and more as they play. We're not sure if this new take will be similar to Joe Johnston's film from 1995, which departed quite a bit from the source material, or if it will be more faithful to the book.

Helm's script for Stranger Than Fiction is one of my favorites, however, his work on family films leaves something to be desired as he wrote Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium as well. The film wasn't terrible, but it was more than a bit childish to really let people of all ages enjoy. More recently, Heat Vision says Helm also did rewrite work on Ben Stiller's adaptation of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, so maybe that was enough to show studio executives that he can adapt a story for the big screen. Frankly, with the advances in technology we've had for visual effects (especially when you look at the animals in Life of Pi), I'm anxious to see what Helm does with this favorite storybook from my childhood. What do you think?

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  • Concerned90skid
    Dislike! Some movies just shouldn't be remade....... Oz The Great and Powerful.
    • C'mon man, any older than a year and a film is fair game for a remake. Same way if someone dies the script can be written about their lives, though I think some greedier people have been getting started with scripting as soon as they hear that a person is ill now.
  • Emma
    I was never a huge fan of the original movie, so I'll be interested to see where they take this on.
  • castingcouch
    I guess they just want to show off the latest CG animal creations. 3D too, no doubt.
  • Barbara Ruiz
    Um...I'm skeptical because Jumanji was so goed, a good cast, a good plot, with a light cross of genres like suspense, obviously, romance with the older couple, comedy...again these are all lightly touched themes and it worked in my opinion. I thought there was a remake called Zathura or was almost the exact same concept just more...orbital and with no adults unless you count Kristen Stewart's character but unsure if she was cast as an adult. I do love these sorts of movies though so while I'm skeptical I'm sure I'd watch it




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