The ‘Jumanji’ Remake Will Pay Respects to Robin Williams, According to The Rock

By May 10, 2016

I love The Rock okay? I think he’s about the closest thing to a full-fledged, old school action movie star that we’ve got right now (other than the ones still lingering around from the 80s and 90s), but man, he’s really starting to hurt my nostalgia-loving heart with all of these remakes he keeps attaching himself to, after the announcement of a Big Trouble in Little China remake last year and the confirmation of a Jumanji remake a few weeks ago now.

The latter of which felt specifically wrong, as it’s remembered mostly as being one of the late great Robin Williams’ most campy and fun films, and the idea of remaking it just a year and a half after the actor and comedian’s passing felt weird, and more than usual when it comes to remakes like these.

The actor and movie star has come out and addressed some of those concerns from fans though in a new Instagram post, not only promising some exciting casting announcements for the remake to come this week, but also promising that it will pay respect to the original film and Williams’ work in it:

And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg’s source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I’m feelin’ good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of “Alan Parrish” will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin’ down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn’t even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that’s for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here’s another fun part… in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there’s now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI

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I doubt that this post will dissuade many fans from being upset about the remake still, if I’m being honest, but it’s nice to see the actor take the time to address the concerns nonetheless, and continue to express his enthusiasm for the project. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, but about the best marketing move a project can make nowadays it seems like, is hiring The Rock to star in it.

As for the increased number of roles? I guess we’ll have to wait and see when it comes to this new adaptation.

The remake will be directed by Bad Teacher and Sex Tape helmer, Jake Kasdan, with screenwriter Scott Rosenberg returning to Chris Van Allsburg’s original source material once again for the adaptation, in which a magical board game causes jungles, plants, and creatures to invade an otherwise quite, stereotypical American suburb. Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man films) will produce the project as well.

The Jumanji remake is set to hit theatres on July 28th, 2017.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable