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Published On: Sat, Oct 24th, 2015

‘Jumanji’ remake gets ‘Con Air’ writer, still set for 2016

Sony’s Jumanji remake is moving ahead quickly, hiring a writer for the adaptation set for 2016.

“Scott Rosenberg, the writer behind such late 1980s hits Con Air and Gone in 60 Seconds, has been tapped to work on the script to the redo of the 1995 hit that starred Robin Williams,” reports the THR.

Sony is attempting to mimic the Night at the Museum success with the film set for next Christmas.

“Jeff Pinkner, one of the scribes hailing from JJ Abrams’ stable of genre TV shows Alias, Lost and Fringe, has been brought on board to consult on the project,” they added.

Director Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger, The Rocketeer) helmed the first film with Williams playing the adult version of a young boy who was sucked into the board game years earlier, only to emerge later when two kids (Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce) in then-present day 1995. They played the game and freed him from the jungle in which he was trapped.

The film also starred Bonnie Hunt, David Alan Grier, Jonathan Hyde (in two roles) and Bebe Neuwirth. The 1995 version earned over $262 million globally and proved to be a massive success.

Jumanji will arrive in theaters on December 25, 2016

With such a close date expect some serious news and updates or stay tuned for a push back on the release.

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