The Rock Promises His Jumanji Reboot Will Honour Robin Williams
Ever since the plan to reboot Jumanji was announced last month, we’ve been left with a lot of questions: Will it honor the original 1995 film’s legacy? What about the legacy of star Robin Williams, who passed away in 2014? And will the manic monkeys be back to wreak havoc?!
On Monday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who’s attached to star and produce the reboot, posted an update on Instagram that attempts to answer some of those burning questions. Along with a photo of him reading the original Jumanji book by Chris Van Allsburg, Johnson wrote a lengthy caption in which he promised to pay tribute to Williams in a way that will make his fans and family proud.
“An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams,” he wrote. “The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honour 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.”
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. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI
Johnson’s update seems to signal that the new film will be less of a remake and more of a loose sequel — which is entirely possible, given that the 1995 film ended with the Jumanji game in the sand somewhere, waiting for a new home. Johnson also hinted at some major changes to the story, and promised to reveal casting announcements later this week.
“Here’s another fun part… in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there’s now FIVE,” he wrote. “Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world.”
Jumanji, directed by Jake Kasdan, already has a release date of July 28, 2017.