We will see quite a few reboots, remakes, and reimaginings hit theaters within the next few years. However, one of the most fascinating of the bunch is Jake Kasdan's Jumanji. The original 1995 film starring Robin Williams has become utterly iconic, and many fans have been on edge for quite a while -- waiting to see what the new take on the story will do with the existing mythology. Now it appears that we will not have to wait too much longer, as a trailer for the upcoming Jumanji film will apparently drop at CinemaCon later this month. Check out Dwayne Johnson's photo below to see for yourself.
The official Jumanji marketing campaign has not started yet, so Dwayne Johnson's social media presence has actually become one of our go-to sources for information related to the project. Of course, we can plainly see quite a bit of the general bubbliness that The Rock has become known for in this photo, but there's also one critical piece of information: a trailer for Jumanji is being made right now, and it is going to drop at CinemaCon before the end of the month. The event runs from March 27 to March 30 in Las Vegas, so make sure to mark your calendars.
Seeing the first trailer for the highly anticipated Jumanji reboot will go a long way towards showing us what we are dealing with here. While reboots and remakes have become incredibly common these days, the Jumanji update really feels like something very different compared to what we have seen before. It is not a remake in the traditional sense, as it is a complete overhaul of the existing mythology. Rather than a story about a board game that comes to life and invades the real world, the 2017 version of Jumanji will follow a group of children who find themselves sucked into the game itself -- which has been reimagined as more of a video game than a board game. These kids will see themselves turned into "avatars" played by the movie's central cast, and they will have to work together to get out of the titular game alive. That description alone already tells you how much of the story has changed.
Such a drastic change to the existing source material is almost guaranteed to polarize audiences. On the one hand, there's likely going to be quite a few people who feel like this is not their version of Jumanji. On the other hand, other members of the audience will likely be happy to see that the update has done everything in its power to avoid stepping on the toes of the 1995 original. Now all we need is that trailer to show us how distinct (or similar) this new Jumanji truly is compared to the Robin Williams version.
The Jumanji reboot will hit theaters later this year on December 22, 2017. Stay tuned for more details!