Orange County (2002)
It's become a surprise commercial and critical hit - so what has the new Jumanji film got right?
Spoilers lie ahead for Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.
Over the weekend, I was back at my local multiplex to see the quite wonderful Coco. On the way in, I saw the manager of said picture palace, and we had a bit of a chat. He’s a friendly man, and just the kind of manager you want: always checks that everyone’s okay, is there if anything goes wrong.
He’s also good for a bit of insider chat, too. And we got talking about Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.
I don’t think I was alone in inwardly sighing when I first learned of a reboot/sequel to Jumanji. I don’t hold massive affection for the original (although I thought Zathura was great), but still enjoyed it.
Directed by Jake Kasdan
Starring Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Bobby Cannavale, Nick Jonas, Rhys Darby, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, and Ser’Darius Blain
Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game’s jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose.
Immediately noticeable in the background of high school teenager Spencer’s bedroom are posters of various Aaa Sony PlayStation 4 exclusives (Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and The Last Guardian to name a few) signaling that director Jake Kasdan (Sex Tape, Orange County, also serving as a writer on this film among a crowded bunch that get the job done successfully) and the entire filmmaking team understand video game culture. Now, admittedly it is definitely Sony shilling some of their most revered titles (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is distributed by
Penned by Allison Burnett (The Feast of Love) from an original screenplay by Robert Fyvolent and Mark R. Brinker, the film follows FBI agent Jennifer Marsh (Lane) as she races against time to track down a ruthless online predator. Hanks will play Lane's FBI partner, while Cross takes on the role of the film's villain. Burke is the love interest of Lane's character, and Hurt plays the mother of Lane's character.
Gregory Hoblit, whose credits include Frequency and Fallen, will direct the film, which begins shooting next month in Portland, Ore.
Lakeshore chairman and CEO Tom Rosenberg and president Gary Lucchesi are producing alongside Andy Cohen and Steven Pearl.
Screen Gems will release the film domestically.
Hanks, who starred in Orange County opposite Jack Black, also appeared in Peter Jackson's King Kong. He next will appear in the comedies Buck Howard and Homeland Security.
Burke is a recurring character on Fox's 24. His film credits include Without Limits and Ladder 49.
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