The Rock posted to his Instagram account yesterday, after he met with the director for Jumanji, Jake Kasdan, and the production team, of which The Rock himself is one. In the post, he talks about the original source material for the film, the children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg, but also stops to make a statement about Robin Williams. He promises that the original film, and the actor who starred in it, will be given their proper due.
You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of 'Alan Parrish' will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way.
While Dwayne Johnson promises to honor Robin Williams in the film, it is becoming more and more clear that the new version of Jumanji will be something that stands separate from the original. Rocky says that the new film will have five major roles in it, which is a significant increase from the original. In addition, The Rock includes the same #JustPressStart hashtag, which he has used before. This still has us guessing the new version of Jumanji will be a video game, rather than a board game. The Rock also makes it sound like his own character in the film, we assume he's playing the lead, will not be Alan Parrish, but instead somebody new, leaving that character alone out of respect for Robin Williams.
The Rock does appear to be genuine in his statements about honoring Robin Williams. His post also includes a story about meeting Robin Williams for the first time, and being as star struck as any of us would be. Read his complete comments in the full post below.
And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI
While it will be nice to see the remake pay tribute to Robin Williams in some way, it’s still likely that many fans will be apprehensive of the remake. At this point, many moviegoers are immediately suspicious of all remakes. Do you think the Jumanji remake has the right intentions? Let us know in the comments.