News - April 25, 2016

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson confirmed to lead Jumanji reboot
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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson confirmed to lead Jumanji reboot

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson are confirmed to star in the much-anticipated remake of Jumanji.

It had been widely reported that Johnson and Kevin Hart in talks to take on the remake, but now Johnson has confirmed the news via his Instagram account. Hart has yet to formally confirm, but has retweeted Johnson's post and is widely expected to join the remake. 

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

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The remake of Jumanji had originally been due to be released in December this year, but has now been moved back by seven months to a new release date of July 28th in 2017. 

The original was released in 1995 and starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier and Bonnie Hunt. It followed the story of a 12-year-old boy who becomes trapped in a board game in 1969 and is released 26 years later. 

The remake will be directed by Jake Kasdan with a script written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, it is expected to film this summer. 

Hart and Johnson will first team up for spy comedy Central Intelligence, which is due for release this summer. You can find more information about that movie here. 

You can check out the original Jumanji in hmv's online store by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page. 

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