Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is stepping into Alan Parish shoes and into the world of “Jumanji” in the upcoming remake currently in pre-production.
On Instagram Johnson shared the news with his 50 million plus followers. He uploaded an image with himself peeking over a ‘Jumanji’ book with a long caption that started, “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.”
Johnson will be taking on an acting and producing role for the project and further gave details about the “re-imagining” of the beloved 1995 fantasy-family film starring Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, and Bonnie Hunt.
“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,” Johnson said on IG.
He continued to talk about an important factor, paying honor to the late Robin Williams. Johnson said, “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.”
Lastly, Johnson talked about how the remake of “Jumanji” will have some changes. The actor said, “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.” Kevin Hart is rumored to be on board with the remake, maybe that will be the cast announcement.
The remake of “Jumanji” is slated for a July 28, 2017 release. What do you think about Dwayne Johnson’s part in the “Jumanji” remake and the remake in itself? Share your thoughts with me in the comments.
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