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Published On: Tue, Aug 23rd, 2016

New ‘Jumanji’ film with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart is a sequel, not a reboot

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart have been confirmed to co-star in a new take on Jumanji at Sony Pictures, believed to be a reboot of the franchise, but now revealed to be a sequel.

The Central Intelligence duo will be joined by Jack Black and Nick Jonas and the film is increasingly closer to starting production with Johnson taking to social media to state that the new Jumanji isn’t a reboot and will in fact be a sequel of sorts.

In a new Instagram post, Dwayne Johnson confirmed that he had wrapped production on Fast 8, and as had become customary when the actor finished a project, he confirms what’s next. Here’s the important part of Johnson’s post in question which tells us that this is a Jumanji sequel on the way:

“And now in two weeks I’ll reunite with ol’ friends Kevin Hart & Jack Black and we have the honor to introduce a whole new generation to the amazing world of #JUMANJI. *(for the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story). It’s also crazy to me how much me, Kev and Jack look like triplets when we’re together… Man this is gonna be FUN.”

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In addition to revealing the impending production start, Johnson says that this is a continuation of the original Jumanji story.

That’s not hard to accomplish since it will have been 22 years since the original film arrived. In fact, the original Jumanji hinted at a sequel with the game washing up on a beach somewhere with two girls approaching the game buried in the sand.

Johnson previously said the new movie would honor and respect the film’s star, the late Robin Williams.

“An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of “Alan Parrish” will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of Jumanji in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin’ down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn’t even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that’s for another fun story down the road.”

Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, Sex Tape, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) will direct and Guardians of the Galaxy actress Karen Gillian will also star.

Jumanji is slated to hit theaters on July 28, 2017.

 

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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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