Ever since the plan to remake Jumanji was rumored years ago, fans have been worried about what a bad movie would do to the memory of the original. When Robin Williams passed away, it became bad taste in the minds of many movie fans to plan on remaking anything that the comedian starred in. However, the remake of Jumanji is moving forward nonetheless. For what it’s worth, The Rock understands how people feel, and is promising fans that Robin Williams will be honored in the remake, not insulted.
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.
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.