Twenty years after the first dice was rolled, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jack Black are remaking Jumanji. According to actor Jack Black, the upcoming movie will pay tribute to Robin Williams’ Alan Parrish, the hero of the original.
Williams died in 2014, a year before they announced the remake. While he was not able to film a cameo or be involved in the development of the upcoming movie, it does not mean that the cast and crew will not pay tribute to the character he played so well.
To recall, in the 1995 movie, Alan Parish was a kid who, while playing with his friend, got stuck inside the magical board game. Twenty-six years later, siblings Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce) found the game and freed him.
Apparently, in the new movie, the characters of Johnson, Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan will be stuck in the same jungle. Helping them survive is the legacy that Williams left.
“He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation,” Black revealed. “t’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there.”
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is not exactly a direct sequel to the original, but the connection to Williams’ character would make fans, who are not too happy with the reboot, be a little more forgiving.
As Black explained, the new movie is not meant to replace, but expand the world that the original Jumanji has created. He told the site that they want to show the side of the story that fans did not get to see in the first movie.
“[In the original] you never got to see the inside world,” he pointed out. “But this one takes place primarily inside the jungle of Jumanji. That’s the coolest part of the film — we’re able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and the beauty.”
It definitely would be interesting to see how difficult it was exactly to survive in the board game. The original only showed all the wondrous and horrible things that spilled out from the board game and into the real world. One could only imagine living with the same horrors for 26 years.
Would Kirsten Dunst Cameo?
Meanwhile, considering that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is a sequel of some sorts, it is possible that the characters from the original movie will be able to make an appearance. When Entertainment Tonight asked Dunst whether her character, Judy, will be involved in the upcoming movie, the actor stated that she is willing to come back – but she did not even know the sequel/remake is in the works.
“I honestly didn’t even know they were making a Jumanji movie,” she revealed. “I’m offended I haven’t been reached out to be in it,” she joked.”
However, she did say it would be fun to return if she is needed. “That’d be fun,” the 35-year-old added. “I would definitely do something in that if they wanted me to.”
Dunst will next star alongside Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning and Colin Farrell in Sophia Coppola’s The Beguiled.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Movie Details
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle brings a more modern twist to the story written for a children’s picture book by Chris Van Allsburg. In the new movie, four teenagers find the video game version of Jumanji that brings them into its jungle setting.
The movie also stars Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Morgan Turner, Missi Pyle, Purab Kohli, Marc Evan Jackson and Rhys Darby. It will land on the big screen on Dec. 20.