Right after Jumanji's smash surprise reboot/sequel, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, became Sony’s biggest domestic box-office earner of all time, one of the main reasons for its success dropped some not-so-subtle hints about the franchise’s future.
Yes, though not adjusted for inflation, Jumanji blew Spider-Man out of the box-office water by earning almost a billion dollars (wow!). So Johnson was feeling a little proud. He was in such high spirits that he joked about killing off Kevin Hart’s character, Fridge, in the sequel, which he confirmed they are working on right now, and which the Rock himself is producing.
The film was a bold bit of counter-programming to Star Wars: The Last Jedi that banked on family-friendly action/comedy and pure star power -- which all paid off big time. Now, with the sequel confirmed, it’s hard to imagine Sony going with anyone other than director Jake Kasdan or writers Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg -- let alone altering anyone major from the cast. That means Johnson should be reprising his role alongside Hart, and Karen Gillan and Jack Black might want to clear their calendars as well.
Rumors had already been swirling that a sequel was coming for Christmas of 2019, but with Johnson’s packed schedule, it’s a bit of a crapshoot. However, if you’re making a sequel to your company’s highest-earning movie ever, it’s probably the number one priority. And now that Johnson has confirmed they’re at work, more details should be forthcoming.