“In the jungle you must find a way to leave your world behind.”
Or in this case, it seems like we need to leave everything we thought we knew about Jumanji behind in order to prepare for this new version. That’s right, they’re making another change, one that brings it into the 21st century.
A CinemaCon panel revealed that instead of a board game, Jumanji is going digital? Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, uses a video game to trap its players into finishing the game.
Some high schoolers are ordered to clean out the school’s basement and they find the game which transports them into their avatars: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan.
Director Jake Kasdan thinks of this as a sequel rather than a reboot stating “Jumanji is the kind of movie that I think people shouldn’t out-and-out remake. To me, a big part of its power is in the unique elements of its original execution. Within that, I think there’s this central idea and mythology that’s mysterious, but powerful, and commands a powerful part of the imagination.”
Producer Matt Tolmach chimed in with saying that “the walls between our reality and entertainment are becoming virtually transparent or invisible. The whole idea behind this movie is that you literally inhabit a game. We all think of games as something you play, and then it’s time for dinner, or you need to go to work or do your homework, and you walk away from the game. But if you’re actually in a game, those rules are very different and the stakes of that game become very real.”
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle rolls into theaters on Dec. 22.