As we reported earlier this year, Sony Pictures is looking to remake their 1995 hit film, Jumanji. For those unfamiliar with the original Robin Williams flick, the story (based on a 1981 illustrated children’s book) focuses on two adults and a pair of siblings who must play through the eponymous magical board game, which keeps creating horrific jungle conditions in the real-world every time someone makes a new move or tries to cheat. According to Heat Vision, Sony has hired Stranger Than Fiction writer Zach Helm to pen the remake.
There are no details on how the remake will differ from the original, but Helm is a smart choice for the magical realism of Jumanji. In addition to Stranger Than Fiction, he also wrote and directed Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, and did a rewrite on the upcoming remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for Jumanji.
In an effort to produce more family friendly fare, Sony Pictures is looking to remake their 1995 box-office hit, Jumanji. Now, the studio has attached The Amazing Spider-Man producer, Matt Tolmach to shepherd the project along with original producer, William Teitler. Another of the original film’s producers, Ted Field, will return to executive produce. The Robin Williams-starrer featured two children (one of whom was a young Kirsten Dunst) who played the titular board game, released a man trapped within (Williams) and needed to finish the game in order to restore order to their world. Variety reported on Tolmach’s attachment to the project that hopes to entertain a new generation of kids (and empty the pockets of their parents).
Columbia Pictures (which is owned by Sony Pictures) President Doug Belgrad recently said what the future might hold for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but he also provided some updates on the studio’s other major projects. To begin, you may want to break out your favorite jungle-themed board game because the studio is considering a Jumanji reboot. Speaking to THR, Belgrad says “We’re going to try and re-imagine Jumanji and update it for the present.” Translation: the game will now end when someone lands on the final space and screams “Jumanji!” at their iPad. I’m not exactly sure how one re-imagines the strikingly simple premise of Jumanji. You play a board game, bad things happen. It’s like the Final Destination of family fun.
Hit the jump for what Sony has planned for sequels to Men in Black 3 and 21 Jump Street.
Opening this Friday is director Joe Johnston’s (The Rocketeer, Jurassic Park III, Jumanji) take on the classic Universal monster The Wolfman. To help promote the film, Universal Pictures held a big press junket for journalists from around the world this past weekend. While I already posted all the things Johnston said about his next project, The First Avenger: Captain America, it’s time for The Wolfman Q&A.
During the press conference, Jonston talked about his decision to use both practical and CG for the Wolfman, what changes he made when he got attached to the project, and for fans of extras on DVD/Blu-ray, Johnston says they’ll be an extended cut of The Wolfman with 17 addtional minutes added back in when it gets released on home video. The additional footage is from the beginning of the film – before Benicio transforms. Hit the jump for the transcript or audio from the press conference: