Last month came the news that Dwayne Johnson will both star in and produce a remake of the family adventure tale “Jumanji” for Sony Pictures. Production is slated to begin this Fall.
Today, Johnson took to his Instagram page once again today – revealing a new photo of himself reading the original book by Chris Van Allsburg and offered new details about the project which will honor original star Robin Williams.
“And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started.
Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg’s source material of Jumanji. Chris also wrote The Polar Express (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I’m feelin’ good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy.
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.
We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here’s another fun part… in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there’s now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted.”
Johnson will shoot “Jumanji” this fall once he wraps “Baywatch” and “Fast & Furious 8” beut before “Rampage,” “San Andreas 2” and the “Big Trouble in Little China” remake. The film opens July 28th next year.