Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson will be producing the “Jumanji” reboot.
Jake Kasdan will direct Sony Pictures’ remake, which will take a new look at the Chris Van Allsburg book in a script written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, based on a draft by the original writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler are producing, with Ted Field, Mike Weber and Van Allsburg acting as executive producers.
In a post on his Instagram account, Johnson said that the movie will begin shooting this fall. The movie is scheduled for a July 28, 2017, release.
“It’s official. We’ll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There’s games you play for fun… then there’s games that change your life. JUMANJI Working on edging up an already very good script with my @sevenbucksprod team.
“Up next is meeting with our producer Matt Tolmach and director Jake Kasdan. Shooting starts this fall. Promise to deliver something cool and special.. and not screw the whole damn thing up;). As always I’ll keep you posted. Casting this should be fun! #JUMANJI #JungleLife #JustPressStart #SONYPictures.”
The 1995 original movie starred the late Robin Williams as the freed jungle dweller who must work to win the magical board game that locked him away.
Johnson will next be seen in “Central Intelligence”, where he will star opposite Kevin Hart, who is also rumoured to be joining the “Jumanji” remake.
He also has numerous project in production and preproduction, including the Baywatch movie, “Fast 8” and “Shazam!”.