‘Jumanji’: Dwayne Johnson Says He’s “Edging Up” the Script

     April 22, 2016

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As Rupaul advices all the contestants on Drag Race, “Good luck, and don’t fuck it up!” I’d like to think the same applies to Dwayne Johnson and Jumanji. After word got out that The Rock was up for a leading role in the movie remake with Kevin Hart, the actor confirmed his involvement and promises to follow Mamma Ru’s first commandment.

“It’s official,” Johnson wrote in a lengthy statement on Instagram. He continued, in part, “Working on edging up an already very good script with my [Seven Bucks Production] 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.”


See his full Instagram below.

It’s OFFICIAL: Love this script! Big movie news that me and my canine gal Shang are excited to share;) To produce, create and deliver original properties to fans like HBO’s #ballers to this summer’s #CentralIntelligence is one of the best parts of my job. But to take great properties that are beloved worldwide like #BAYWATCH and #RAMPAGE and have the opportunity reimagine their stories in dope new ways to a whole new generation is truly an honor. 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

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Also exciting is the promise of social media updates on the film via Johnson. The actor, who’s been shooting the Baywatch remake these past few months, has been keeping fans up to date on the happenings, including casting, surprise celebrity visits to children’s hospitals, and interesting behind-the-scenes bits. Johnson has become as active on Instagram as Vin Diesel is on Facebook, which is to say we should definitely keep an eye on his feed when Jumanji starts shooting.

Hart, meanwhile, has yet to be confirmed for the film, and word is that the producers are worried he might not be able to make it work with his schedule. The comedian is planning on co-starring with Bryan Cranston in the American remake of The Intouchables, about an ex-con working as the caregiver to an upper-class invalid. There’s still time, and even Johnson has another project in the works after Baywatch — a film adaptation of the Rampage monster video game.

The Jumanji remake is currently scheduled for release on July 28, 2017.


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