Black Explains New & Old “Jumanji” Connection

Though Dwayne Johnson gets the top billing, one of the big co-stars of the upcoming “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” is that of comedian Jack Black.

Previously we’ve been told the film is NOT a reboot or new adaptation of the original children’s book upon which the 1995 Robin Williams-led film is based. Instead, this serves as a sequel.

Speaking with THR this week, Black reveals one of the connections with the original “Jumanji” that proves its a direct follow-up – the characters find the home that Williams’ character Alan Parrish had built for himself during his 26 years being stuck inside the game:

“We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death, but while we’re there, we find clues left behind by (Robin Williams’ character Alan Parrish). He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there.

(In the original) you never got to see the inside world, but this one takes place primarily inside the jungle of Jumanji. That’s the coolest part of the film – we’re able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and the beauty.”

Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Alex Wolff and Morgan Turner also star in the film with Johnson, Hart, Black and Gillan playing the ‘avatars’ of the kids actually playing the game.

Jake Kasdan is directing from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg. The film opens in cinemas on December 22nd.