When it comes to Dwayne Johnson‘s movie roles, it’s very seldom the actor causes outrage with his fans – but when he announced he was resurrecting Robin Williams family classic Jumanji, it’s fair to say people weren’t too impressed.
It’s no secret that Hollywood has an unhealthy obsession with rebooting popular films that should be left well alone, but people were less than happy when it was announced Jumanji was recieving the controversial reboot treatment.
Alas, it appears are fears can be put to bed as Dwayne Johnson himself has confirmed the movie will in fact be a sequel, not a remake. Taking to his official Instagram account, Johnson confirmed the news after wrapping on the set on Fast and Furious 8.
Finished strong and on to the next. That's an officially wrap on #FastAndFurious8. Thank you to our director @fgarygray for the vision and execution. Thank you UNIVERSAL for being tremendous partners as always, thank you to all my fellow co-stars for the daily effort and grind. Scott Eastwood you handsome sumbitch! Natalie Emmanuel I have a cold Budweiser ready for you and Tyrese Gibson you still have the biggest smile and forehead I've ever seen.😂 And a huge THANK YOU to our hard working production crew – the backbone of our business. Your kind words meant a lot to me last night – thank you! In the end, we all rallied, as great teams do, kicked ass and will deliver an amazing movie to the world. Proud of our entire FAST FAMILY. And now in two weeks I'll reunite with ol' friends Kevin Hart & Jack Black and we have the honor to introduce a whole new generation to the amazing world of #JUMANJI. *(for the record we are NOT making a reboot, but rather a continuation of the awesome JUMANJI story). It's also crazy to me how much me, Kev and Jack look like triplets when we're together. 👶🏽👶🏻👶🏿. Man this is gonna be FUN. #WheelsUp #ThatsAWrap #FromFastAndFurious #StraightIntoJumanji #BigBrownBaldTattooedMan #DarkChocolateComedicRockStar #BrillaintCrazyCurvyCaucasion #TheseHashtagsAreRidiculous #INeedSleepAndCARBS #ButIWillSettleForTequila
It’s not been confirmed how the story will follow on from the 1995 original or whether it will include any of the original cast, minus of course the films leading star Robin Williams, who sadly passed away a couple of years ago.
As well as starring Johsnon, the new chapter of Jumanji will also star Jack Black and Kevin Hart and could pay homage to the original despite likely forming a completely new story.
Jumanji is slated for release on 28 July 2017.