So, we knew it was coming, but now it's official! The Jumanji sequel is in the works and it's got a name—Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. It's also got a plot and... well, that's what we're here to talk about. They're turning Jumanji into a video game and that's what the movie is about.
Jumanji Becomes A Video Game In New Sequel 'Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle'
What are the specifics? Four high school kids find themselves in detention and their assigned punishment is cleaning out the school's basement. While they're in there they find an old video game console with a game called Jumanji in it. Once they choose characters, the game throws them into a real jungle as the character they've selected.
The premise is innocent enough. It relies on the idea that a Jumanji sequel would need a bit of a modern facelift. When the first film was released in 1995, the idea of a board game coming to life was pretty novel. It was edgy in a 90s way and full of Robin Williams which was essentially all that anyone needed to survive in the mid-90s. But it's 2017 now and we don't have Mr. Williams anymore—we've only got The Rock.
So, What Can We Expect?
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, the Ed Hardy of film, appears to be the main man behind the scenes at the moment. According to Gamespot, he's bringing his special brand of magic to the beloved tale of a magical board game... er, video game. It's certainly interesting, but it's also a bit concerning.
Just think about it for a moment. Hollywood has shown us not only that video games are difficult to turn into movies, but that movies that are literally just about a "game" are also—in most cases—not a great idea. Take Spy Kids 3: Game Over (2003) for example. Or Pixels (2015). Shall I namedrop some more? Or are the nightmares you've got now enough for you?
It's mind-blowing. Somehow we've skipped the part of the process where a video game is poorly adapted by a film and gone straight to the creation of the adaptation... but I digress.
Since the trailer has yet to be publicly released, we can't really say one way or another whether this angle has got anything to it. CinemaCon attendants seem to be impressed by what they've see so far.
Nevertheless, going purely off of The Rock's track record, I think that we can be sure of one thing—it's gonna be a whole lot of "meh" to anyone older than 12. Too harsh?
I suppose I can't be the only one that just wants to curl up with a Jumanji VCR tape and cry themselves to sleep.
No worries! You can recover by watching the evolution of the Zelda games: