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It's OFFICIAL: Love this script! Big movie news that me and my canine gal Shang are excited to share;) To produce, create and deliver original properties to fans like HBO's #ballers to this summer's #CentralIntelligence is one of the best parts of my job. But to take great properties that are beloved worldwide like #BAYWATCH and #RAMPAGE and have the opportunity reimagine their stories in dope new ways to a whole new generation is truly an honor. It's official. We'll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There's games you play for fun... then there's games that change your life. JUMANJI Working on edging up an already very good script with my @sevenbucksprod team. Up next is meeting with our producer Matt Tolmach and director Jake Kasdan. Shooting starts this fall. Promise to deliver something cool and special.. and not screw the whole damn thing up;). As always I'll keep you posted. Casting this should be fun! #JUMANJI #JungleLife #JustPressStart #SONYPictures
The Rock took to his Instagram account to announce that Seven Bucks Productions, of which he is a co-founder, will be producing the Jumanji remake. The Rock begins his post by saying that he loves the script, but then follows it up by saying that doing some polishing of it will be one his first tasks now that’s on board the project. He also says he’ll be meeting with the film’s director, Jake Kasdan, who directed Sex Tape and Bad Teacher previously. Johnson will also be meeting with Matt Tolmach, who produced the Amazing Spider-Man films and will be also be handling Sony’s side of Spider-Man: Homecoming; Jumanji is also being handled at Sony.
The Rock talks about so much work that he’ll be doing on Jumanji that we almost missed the thing he didn’t say. He never mentions acting in it. The Rock closes his post by saying that casting for the film would be fun, but he never says that he’ll be playing a part himself. It’s probably a safe bet that The Rock will star, everything else that Seven Bucks Productions has produced has been a starring vehicle for Dwayne Johnson, from HBO’s Ballers to the upcoming Baywatch and Rampage films. Still, it’s possible that the reason Johnson doesn’t say anything about acting in the film is because he’s only planning on producing the movie.
There’s also no mention of Kevin Hart being involved in the project. It’s possible that The Rock is holding on to that piece of news for a future Instagram post; he’s been a marketing machine when it comes to announcing Baywatch news via that account and it’s very likely we can look forward to a lot of the same for Jumanji.
Finally, there’s one other item, at the very end of The Rock’s post, that we couldn’t help but notice. Amongst all the hashtags that you would expect to see regarding a Jumanji movie, like #JungleLife, is another one that seems very telling, #JustPressStart. One does not traditionally press start to begin playing a board game, which makes us wonder, is the new Jumanji a video game?
Who would you like to see Dwayne Johnson cast in the Jumanji remake? Let us know in the comments.