Although you probably still can’t believe that a Jumanji reboot is actually happening, it appears that Sony Pictures is continuing forth with the venture, as they’ve announced that Jake Kasdan will be directing the upcoming family movie.
Kasdan is best known for directing Bad Teacher and 2014’s Sex Tape, and he also served as the executive producer for New Girl, Fresh Off the Boat, and Ben and Kate.
According to Deadline, the film will be produced by Matt Tolmach, with a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkler. The script is based on a draft by writers of the original, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, which is based on the adventure book by Chris Van Allsburg.
Of course, the original Jumanji was a knockout hit, as far as family movies go, with Robin Williams putting on a spectacular performance. The original Jumanji grossed over $260 million globally. The sequel, Zathura, flopped miserably, despite a cast that included Dax Shepard, Josh Hutcherson, and Tim Robbins.
The Jumanji reboot release date is currently set for December 25, 2016, and it’s just one of the many upcoming family movies of 2016.