Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson says new Jumanji movie will honor Robin Williams

Contributed by
Feb 23, 2021, 5:50 PM EST (Updated)

Ever since it was announced that Sony was making a new Jumanji movie with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart (the two of them will star together in the upcoming Central Intelligence), we’ve all assumed that it would be a remake. Not so!

Based on Johnson’s recent Instagram post, the new Jumanji won't be a straight movie remake but rather a re-imagining of award-winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 source material about a magical board game that uses real animals as well as real jungle elements while the game is played, making the dangers the players have to face in the game pretty darn real. The movie will also feature five leads instead of three.

From what Johnson says below, the new movie may also be a very loose sequel to the beloved 1995 movie starring the late Robin Williams as Alan Parrish -- a man who was trapped for decades in the game -- since he plans to pay tribute to the actor and his character. Read on:

Directed by Jake Kasdan (Freaks and Geeks, New Girl), with Matt Tolmach (The Amazing Spider-Man) producing, Jumanji is slated to open on July 28, 2017. What do you think of Dwayne Johnson's plans to pay tribute to Robin Williams in this re-imagined version of the story?