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Bad Teacher franchise director Jake Kasdan has been tapped to direct the upcoming reboot of Jumanji. Sony has set the release date for Christmas Day, Dec. 25, which means it will open dangerously close to Disney’s Star Wars: Rogue One.
Kasdan’s forthcoming film is a remake of the classic 1995 film directed by Joe Johnston and starring Robin William, Kirsten Dunst and David Alan Grier among others. Variety states the project, which will be written by Scott Rosenberg (High Fidelity) and Jeff Pinkner (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), will be a “a new take on Chris Van Allsburg’s original 1981 adventure book.” Community, American Dad! Writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers wrote the previouss draft, on which Rosenberg and Pinkner’s script will be based.
Kasdan has built quite a reputation as a comedic director over the years. He directed episodes of both of Judd Apatow’s cult classic TV »
- William Fanelli
Just a few months after Sony Pictures set their Jumanji remake for a Christmas 2016 release, the studio has finally found its director. Deadline reports that Jake Kasdan (Sex Tape) has signed on to direct, although it isn't known when production will get under way. With the studio still sticking with its December 25, 2016 release, date, filming will most likely have to begin fairly soon.
The project has been in development for several years, with Zach Helm coming aboard to write the script back in 2012. The most current version of the script was written by Scott Rosenberg (Con Air) and Jeff Pinkner. Our report from October revealed that Jeff Pinkner, who co-created CBS' summer TV series Zoo with Scott Rosenberg, was coming on board to consult with the script, alongside André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
The remake is said to be a high priority for the studio, »
If you're still processing your feelings about the Jumanji remake, here's something to consider: Deadline reports Jake Kasdan has signed on as helmer. His résumé doesn't have a ton of board-game experience, but it does tout credits tied to such enjoyable titles as The Grinder, Fresh Off the Boat, New Girl, Sex Tape, Walk Hard, Bad Teacher, and Orange County, among others. Using a script from Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, Chris McKenna, and Erik Sommers, he will now do his best to either reinvigorate or raze childhoods new and old. Also, original illustrator-scribe Chris Van Allsburg is executive-producing because this is all really, truly happening, no matter what you say. Okay, fine, you might be thinking. But how will this version's story differ from that of the 1995 original? Will it still offer up timeless exhibits for social reform? Will it have Google Maps and other recent technological advancements? Happy holidays in advance, »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The film is a new take on Chris Van Allsburg’s original 1981 adventure book, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Van Allsburg will also executive produce.
The studio is moving aggressively on the project, given that it plans to release the film in less than a year. The reboot is the first title set for a Christmas release — which means that it opens nine days after the launch of Disney’s “Star Wars: Rogue One” origins movie.
- Dave McNary
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