Jake Kasdan, son of acclaimed screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, is set to direct the Sony Pictures remake of Jumanji scheduled to release in theaters December 25, 2016. Kasdan’s credits include New Girl, Fresh Off the Boat, Freaks and Geeks, Sex Tape, and Bad Teacher.
High Fidelity and Con Air writer, Scott Rosenberg, has penned the screenplay along with Jeff Pinkner, writer of Amazing Spider-Man 2 and a frequent Bad Robot executive producer. Matt Tolmach, Bill Teitler, Ted Field, Mike Weber, and Chris Van Allsburg are producing. Like the original movie, the reboot will be based off Allsburg’s Caldecott Medal–winning book about a magical game board that comes to life.
Previously brought to the screen in 1995, Jumanji starred Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Piece, Bonnie Hunt, and Jonathan Hyde. It grossed $260 million worldwide.
A December 25 release date seems pretty advantageous, and with Robin Williams’s death still pretty fresh, it might be too soon for a reboot. Hopefully, the remake will be a great tribute to one of Robin Williams’s most memorable roles.
What do you all think about a Jumanji reboot?