Work begins on Jumanji remake

News Simon Brew 7 Dec 2012 - 07:56

1995's Jumanji is the next film to get the remake treatment...

Back in 1995, Robin Williams was on a box office high, with both Jumanji and The Birdcage crossing the $100m barrier in the US within days of each other. The former, directed by Joe Johnston, wasn’t a bad movie, although it was very much made as digital effects were only just implementing the work that Jurassic Park had started. It’s hard to find less convincing monkeys in a movie.

In fact, Jon Favreau then went and did a film based around the same idea a lot better, with the criminally underappreciated Zathura.

Anyway, as it turns out, a new take on Jumanji is heading to the big screen. Columbia Pictures has hired Zach Helm to pen the screenplay for the new film. Helm previously penned Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium and Stranger Than Fiction. There’s no word on a director or timescale for the project yet.

Here’s the story at Heat Vision.

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Does it have to be a remake as such? Surely a film like Jumanji has a lot of storytelling possibilities considering where the board ends up and with whom?

I love both Jumanji and Zathura so in theory another story set in either universe is welcome although perhaps they could have thought up a new board game.

'...either universe...'? It's in fact the same universe! Take a look at the wiki-page of the books on which Jumanji and Zathura are based. Heck, the games lay next to each other, only one pair of kids took Jumanji and another Zathura. And a sequel/remake to Jumanji would be a good idea.

Make it a sequel, not a remake.

I think I've hit reboot-rock bottom.

I literally don't remember how many times I've typed some variation of "what's the bloody point of remaking (insert film here) what a waste of money!"

So, you know what? Good luck to them.

sequel would be better, especially as the final shot of Jumanji was of the game washed up on a beach. imagine the chaos it could cause in the UK or Another big city.

If they work in some belivable CGI I might actually bother with this one.

The only reason to make it a remake rather than a sequel is laziness and a lack of creativity

"It’s hard to find less convincing monkeys in a movie."

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Oh and didn't they remake this already? Zathura anyone?

fair enough. I knew they were linked by theme but I didn't remember them being that closely tied.

It's been about 3 weeks since they last re-booted Spiderman...any news on a new version?

Why? Jumanji was far superior to Zathura. We don't need a remake. Do a third idea.

Doesn't matter that they didn't convince as real monkeys. They were cartoons. And at the time were spectacular.

I'd go for that.

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