One Jumanji: The Next Level Scene Was Actually Developed For The Last Movie

Dwayne Johnson in Jumanji: The Next Level

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Nobody knew quite what to expect from Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The film was a strange combination of sequel and reboot that technically followed the first Jumanji's events but otherwise had little in common with it. The film ended up being a colossal hit, making nearly $1 billion at the global box office and very quickly green lighting a sequel, which was good news for a lot of reasons, including that the next film would have the chance to use some fun ideas that didn't end up making it into the earlier film.

In the special features attached to the Blu-ray release of Jumanji: The Next Level, director Jake Kasdan reveals that one action sequence in the movie, where the video game avatars are chased by mandrills while leaping across floating platforms, was actually originally designed for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. According to Kasdan...

The bridges are a sequence that we started to develop for the first movie. So that’s an idea that had been in our heads and something we’d been talking about for quite a while.

In Jumanji: The Next Level, the characters are making their way to a castle when they find a large ravine full of hanging bridges. Once the heroes jump on the first one, the bridges begin to move, leading to a circuitous and dangerous path across the gap. To make matters worse, a troop of angry mandrills is also there making things difficult.

The scene isn't specifically necessary in either movie. It's just a fun action sequence that puts a video game like obstacle in the way of the characters. It could have easily been placed in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, perhaps in place of the rhino stampede, but apparently it was decided that it didn't quite work as well as some of the other ideas they had, and so it was left out.

Then, when it came time to put together the sequel, the bridge idea was dusted off and brought back. The feeling was that this time the sequence fit better into the story and so it was used. The bridge sequence was actually the first thing that was filmed when Jumanji: The Next Level started shooting, so clearly this time everybody was confident it would work.

If one idea was created during the first movie that wasn't used, there certainly could have been others, as well as concepts born during The Next Level that weren't used. At this point, it's unclear if another Jumanji could be on the way. The newest film didn't do quite as well at the box office as Welcome to the Jungle, but it still made plenty of money, more than enough to be considered a box office success, and so perhaps we will see more Jumanji down the road.

Jumanji: The Next Level is now available on Digital, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.