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Jumanji Reboot Planned
Sony wants to re-imagine it...

20 July 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Jumanji Reboot Planned

If there’s one thing that studios like more than anything at the moment, it’s to go digging into their back catalogues and dust off old properties to reboot. Take Sony, for example. Buried in a long interview with Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad is a small mention about wanting to make a new version of Jumanji.

You might recall the 1996 original, featuring Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce as two kids who decide to play an old board game they find. Unbeknownst to them, it’s a magical item that can trap the unwary, and the two sprogs release Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who had been sealed within the game’s jungle realm for years. But though he’s glad to be out, the kids’ actions also release a lot of other chaos into the world.

With Joe Johnston calling the shots, a lot was made of the film’s CG critters, which were certainly impressive at the time. Now, of course, the studio is looking to shake things up. “We're going to try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present,” says Belgrad. But given that no writer or director is attached – or has been announced – yet, we’re guessing it’ll be a while yet.

While we’re on the subject of Sony developments in Belgrad's interview, he also mentions that the studio wants the 21 Jump Street sequel shooting before the year is out, and is already working on putting together another Men In Black film. Everyone try to look surprised!

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What's the point
It's sad that film makes have no imagination left to create something new More

Posted by clairp at 13:51 on 23 July 2012 | Report This Post

L: sowasred2012 Also, I just now see that waltham1979 made my point way before I did. orry; I was up early and bored at work More

Posted by waltham1979 at 16:26 on 20 July 2012 | Report This Post

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Posted by darko18 at 15:55 on 20 July 2012 | Report This Post

I'm sure by re-imagining they're going to make it all futuristic and have it be a video game instead. More

Posted by theodacourt at 13:53 on 20 July 2012 | Report This Post

Also, I just now see that waltham1979 made my point way before I did. More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 12:52 on 20 July 2012 | Report This Post

They ALREADY reimagined it!
It was called Zabadoo or something and it was directed by Jon Favreau - instead of it being a board game about the jungle it was about space, I think both films were based on two different books by the same guy, and had practically identical plots. More

Posted by sowasred2012 at 12:51 on 20 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Erm...
Do we really  need this?. Jumanji 1995 was quite good. While Zathura was rubbish. More

Posted by NCC1701A at 11:31 on 20 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Erm...
L: waltham1979 Didn't they do that already with Zathura?! y thoughts exactly! More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 10:10 on 20 July 2012 | Report This Post

I'm so excited ...
... I might have myself put down. More

Posted by Nicky C at 10:05 on 20 July 2012 | Report This Post

Sweet. The one we've ALL been waiting for. More

Posted by UTB at 09:24 on 20 July 2012 | Report This Post

Didn't they do that already with Zathura?! More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:49 on 20 July 2012 | Report This Post

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