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One of last years biggest surprises was Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, a sequel that looked like a simple cash grab of a nostalgic IP upon first glance, but was actually a super fun and entertaining flick bolstered by a charming cast. The sequel was a sleeper surprise hit, taking home insane big money at the box office and being one of the few movies not to get suffocated by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. A sequel was soon greenlit, but how can the franchise capitalize on all this new energy? According to Jack Black, when in doubt go to space.
I say we take this mother into space. 'Cause my question with Jumanji is, 'What is this game? Who invented this game?' It has to be some alien technology. Am I right? Or it's some crazy jungle medicine man magic. I wanna know where it's from. Give me some fucking origins, y'all!
Rather than continue with the classic board game seen in the original Jumanji film starring Robin Williams, Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle decided to take a more modern approach and trap the players inside a video game. It was a fresh way to reinvigorate the series that clearly paid off big time, and Sony is eager to capitalize on this momentum as soon as possible and take this franchise all the way to the moon...literally. At least that's where star Jack Black wants to see things go in Jumanji 3.
In an interview with MTV, Jack Black said that he wants to see this mother go to space. The origins of the Jumanji game have never been explained, and Black thinks that alien technology is the only plausible answer. Well, that or crazy jungle medicine man magic. Basically, Black just wants the origins of the game to be explained, which isn't such a bad idea for the third film in the series.
While we don't really need to know the origin of the game to enjoy the movies, the game was destroyed at the end of Jumanji 2, so unless the game can magically rebuild itself (it probably can) then someone would have to make a new one, right? We know next to nothing about Jumanji 3 other than Black, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan are all returning. As long as you have those four actors and a fun story, this movie could probably be about anything and people will go see it.
It's unclear if Jumanji 3 is heading for that big jungle in the stars, but the movie is set for a release date of Christmas 2019. That puts it right in the crosshairs of Star Wars Episode IX, making for one interesting December.