With Central Intelligence comedy duo Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart already on board, the enchanted board game movie has just added Jack Black to its bulging cast. The remake of the 1996 Robin Williams classic, which in turn was an adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 novel, has been in talks since 2012 and director Jake Kasdan was brought in to helm the project back in January.
The fan favourite original featured Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce as two snot-nosed kids who decide to play the seemingly harmless game (although the sound of bongos would surely put most people off). Little did they know of the potential danger which lurked inside as well as releasing Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who had been locked within the game since childhood. Although he is glad to be free from his prison, Alan also knew of the danger which would soon follow them.
Johnson has gone on record as stating that the re-imagining of Jumanji will honour Robin Williams memory, but it will be interesting to see how the new version will harness the technology of today and enhance the (at the time) incredible effects of the 1996 original. With a release date penned in for July 2017, filming is set to begin in Hawaii in August this year.