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In The Jungle You Must Wait, JUMANJI Reboot Release Date Announced

On Wednesday, August 5th, Sony pictures issued release dates for a number of upcoming films through 2019. Included in this announcement is Paul Feig’s GHOSTBUSTERS Reboot, BAD BOYS 3 and BAD BOYS 4, as well as the first installment of Stephen King’s THE DARK TOWER franchise. Other sequels include entries into long running action-horror franchises in the form UNDERWORLD 5 and RESIDENT EVIL 6. Speaking of video game adaptations, the action adventure series UNCHARTED has an official 2017 release date, although no casting information has been released. Even BARBIE will be getting her own film, although no plot details are currently know.

PASSENGERS, an upcoming sci-fi film about two space passengers that have awoken 60 years early traveling to a distant colony plant, stars Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence and has just slated Morten Tyldum to direct. Edgar Wright’s BABY DRIVER will be released on March 17, 2017.

“Money Monster” – 4/8/16
“The Shallows” – 6/24/16
“Ghostbusters” – 7/15/16
“Patient Zero” – 9/2/16
“The Magnificent Seven” – 9/23/16
“Underworld 5″ – 10/21/16
“Passengers” – 12/21/16
“Jumanji” – 12/25/16
“The Dark Tower” – 1/13/17
“Resident Evil 6″ – 1/27/17
“Bad Boys 3″ – 2/17/17
“Baby Driver” – 3/17/17
“Barbie” – 6/2/17
“Uncharted” – 6/30/17
“The Lamb” – 12/8/17
“Bad Boys 4″ – 7/3/19

Out of all of these announcements, the one thing the internet has clung to is the announcement that the 1995 family fantasy film, JUMANJI, will be getting a reboot slated for release at the end of 2016. There are multiple reasons for this, including the fact that many kids from the 90s grew up watching the movie (in fact, many millennials have been using JUMANJI to make jokes about the current cyclical nature of the film industry), but more than likely the main reason is because the original film starred the late Robin Williams. This is the first of Williams’ films to have been remade since his passing (I’m not counting the recently announced live action ALADDIN adaptation, because what even is that, Disney?) so this news has understandably struck a chord (or nerve) with many fans of the film.

The original film was the story of a young boy named Alan who comes across a magical board game called Jumanji that, unbeknownst to Alan, comes to life with each role of the dice. After an unfortunate role traps Alan in the game for 25 years, the game comes to life again when two kids named Judy and Peter unintentionally continue the game he began years ago. The reboot is currently only described as a “reimagining” on IMDB, and all other details are scarce, so it is yet unknown if the filmmakers will choose to take liberties with the events in the film.

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The influence of the original film can be seen in films like ZATHURA, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, and even the upcoming GOOSEBUMPS adaptation. Though certainly not devoid of humor and goofy moments, JUMANJI itself was fairly dark for a family film, one that both frightened and delighted me when I was young. However, the movie also made me incredibly sad, as Alan’s decision to play the game had irreparable consequences for everyone he knew, and him choosing to finish the game could also very well lead to the destruction of everything he has left. As such, the news of this film being remade has me skeptical to say the least. Though it’s true the film could certainly benefit from the advancements in CGI that we’ve had over the last 20 years, I personally don’t want to see this film remade or “reimagined”. As a child, I would have loved to have seen a sequel, as the film was left open for one, and even had a surprisingly good television series adaptation. However, as an adult who grew up with the film, it feels very disrespectful to announce a remake less than a year after Williams’ passing. I wouldn’t mind a continuation of the story, since there’s still a lot that can be done with this set up, but I don’t particularly want to see anyone else play Alan Parrish.

What do you think of Sony’s upcoming lineup? Are you excited for the upcoming reimagining, or do you wish Sony had never rolled a five or eight? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!

Does this article have you nostalgic for the film? You can rent or purchase the original Jumanji on Amazon.com!

Megan Salinas is the horror movie aficionado for The Movie Chickk. When she isn’t watching, reading, writing, or talking about movies, she is working as a coordinator for NBC Universal, but can also be found on tons of Hollywood red carpets as a field producer for The Popcorn Talk, and at the Afterbuzz TV studio where she hosts countless aftershows! She’s also started her own horror movie show on her Youtube Channel called Silver Screams, so be sure to tune in!

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<p>Megan Salinas is the horror movie aficionado for The Movie Chickk. When she isn’t watching, reading, writing, or talking about movies, she is working as a coordinator for NBC Universal, but can also be found on tons of Hollywood red carpets as a field producer for The Popcorn Talk, and at the Afterbuzz TV studio where she hosts countless aftershows! She’s also started her own horror movie show on her Youtube Channel called Silver Screams, so be sure to tune in!</p>

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