Remakes have become the bread and butter of Hollywood in recent years. If an idea worked in the past, it only makes sense to put a modern twist on it and try again. One of the most intriguing upcoming reboots is the reimagining of Jumanji, which will take the formula for the 1995 Robin Williams classic and completely change it for modern audiences. According to Jack Black, it's those changes that truly honor Robin Williams' memory. The comedian explained:
Robin would be proud. I love Robin in Jumanji, the original, so we had big shoes to fill. But I think we did a good job. It's different, you know? It's not a sequel. It's a revitalization.
Jack Black recently spoke to TMZ and admitted that he thinks the upcoming Jumanji film will definitely honor the memory of Robin Williams. Although quite a fuss has been made about whether or not Jumanji should receive a remake of any sort, Black remains resolute in his opinion that the film would make Williams proud if the late comedian could see it. By going in a different direction, they are able to stand on their own in a way that's respectful and honorable to what came before.
He's not wrong in his assessment. Although we have seen very little finished footage from the upcoming Jumanji film, it's already abundantly clear that the film is not a retread of the first movie. If anything, it's a complete inversion of the original formula. Instead of trying to put back a board game that has escaped and run amuck in our world, the upcoming "revitalization" will follow a group of kids who find themselves sucked into the titular game -- which has been reimagined as a video game. Transformed into digital "avatars," the kids will have to band together and use their respective skill sets in order to survive and escape the game.
One look at the cast of the upcoming Jumanji film will instantly tell you that it's no longer a Robin Williams property. Between Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black and Karen Gillan, there's no shortage of comedic talent present in the film. That being said, all of these performers seem to recognize that they bring wildly different comedic styles to the film than the one Williams was known for, and as such the film could never directly follow in the footsteps of the original. It's that willingness to try something new that has us so genuinely intrigued and excited about the new Jumanji, and we cannot wait to see whether or not they pull it off.
CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant details related to the upcoming release of the upcoming Jumanji reboot as new information becomes available to us. The film will blast its way into theaters on December 22, 2017. Jack Black seems confident that the film would make Robin Williams proud, and it's our sincere hope that he's right.