Following speculation that MTV Movie Awards cohosts Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart were eyeing lead roles in a Jumanji reboot, the professional wrestler and Hollywood star took to Instagram Friday to confirm news that work is well underway on the project.
“It’s OFFICIAL: Love this script!” The Rock wrote as he shared a photo of himself holding the film’s script. “[To] have the opportunity to tell their stories in dope new ways to a whole new generation is truly an honor… We’ll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There’s games you play for fun… then there’s games that change your life. JUMANJI.”
It's OFFICIAL: Love this script! Big movie news that me and my canine gal Shang are excited to share;) To produce, create and deliver original properties to fans like HBO's #ballers to this summer's #CentralIntelligence is one of the best parts of my job. But to take great properties that are beloved worldwide like #BAYWATCH and #RAMPAGE and have the opportunity reimagine their stories in dope new ways to a whole new generation is truly an honor. It's official. We'll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There's games you play for fun… then there's games that change your life. JUMANJI Working on edging up an already very good script with my @sevenbucksprod team. Up next is meeting with our producer Matt Tolmach and director Jake Kasdan. Shooting starts this fall. Promise to deliver something cool and special.. and not screw the whole damn thing up;). As always I'll keep you posted. Casting this should be fun! #JUMANJI #JungleLife #JustPressStart #SONYPictures
According to the rest of the San Andreas actor’s post, he’s currently working on the script for the film in collaboration with the company he founded, Seven Bucks Productions. Johnson also revealed the upcoming Jumanji film will shoot this fall, with Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) directing and Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) producing.
Johnson is also working on two other films adapted or rebooted from already-existing material. He is currently filming the Baywatch movie with Pamela Anderson, Zac Efron, and Priyanka Chopra, and is reportedly adapting Rampage, a series of video games, into a feature film.
Starring Kirsten Dunst, Bonnie Hunt, and the late Robin Williams, the original Jumanji film grossed neary $300 million worldwide in 1995. No further details were released regarding a full title or cast for the next Jumanji film, which Sony has slated for a July 28, 2017, release.