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“Jumanji” Reboot Gets “Zoo” Writers

Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkum swing into action to rewrite the jungle caper. But how will this Jumanji differ from the 1995 original?

Christmas time is something of a Holy Grail for family adventure movies. Night at the Museum has sat atop that mountain for a good few sequels now, but the now that snowy spot is vacant. There was word earlier in the year that a reboot of Jumanji was set to take over, aiming for a Christmas Day 2016 release with Stranger than Fiction writer Zack Helm writing a script. But since that little rumour nothing has emerged about the project – until now.

According to Screen Rant, the news is that the reboot of the 1995 Robin Williams classic has nabbed itself a couple of writers. The first is Scott Rosenberg, whose most recent writing credit is on the Syfy series Zoo. Also from the Zoo writing staff is Jeff Pinkum, who will be a consultant on the script.

Their plan is to re-adapt the original novel by Chris van Allsburg, instead of rebooting the first film. If this is the case, there will be a good few changes to the plot this time around. For one, the novel focuses exclusively on the children Peter and Judy, who play a boardgame that contains a dangerous jungle realm. In the 1995 film, Williams and Bonnie Hunt play adults who had some bad experiences with the game years before, but in the novel they dint exist. This would probably be a good move, since fans of the original would be averse to seeing the late Williams replaced.

Rosenberg will be doing a rewrite on the script originally written by Helm, with Pinker’s assistance. It’s quite possible that Helm’s draft was too jovial, given his previous work in projects like Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium. Granted, Zoo isn’t the most serious show in the world, but it does try to put more emphasis of adventure and danger. So perhaps now we’ll be seeing a more savage take on the jungle adventure. The same could be said of Jon Favreau‘s The Jungle Book reboot, so that project could serve as a litmus test for how Jumanji will fare at the box office.

Watch this space for all the latest Jumanji movie news.

Jon Favreau posts some behind-the-scenes shots from “The Jungle Book”

After seeing some impressive concept art from The Jungle Book last week, we didn’t imagine we’d be seeing anything for a while. But just when you think all is lost, a Christmas miracle happens! Ok so it’s not quite that dramatic, but it’s still exciting. Director Jon Favreau has posted several behind the scenes shots from the adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic. While only one is from actual shooting, the rest are some heart-warming snaps of the cast and director, including Bill Murray who voices Baloo, Christopher Walken who voices King Louie, Scarlett Johansson who voices Kaa and Emjay Anthony who plays Mowgli. Anthony is the only actor who will be physically starring in the film and he looks pretty convincing as the boy who befriends a band of animals and makes enemies out of others. Also in the pictures is Kermit Ruffins, a jazz musician who is connected to the project

Bill Murray and Kermit Ruffins
Bill Murray and Kermit Ruffins
Emjay Anthony on set
Emjay Anthony on set
Murray, Favreau, Walken and "the Doctor"
Murray, Favreau, Walken and “the Doctor”
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
Favreau and Murray
Favreau and Murray
Murray, Mowgli and Anthony
Murray, Mowgli and Anthony

I don’t know about you, but it looks like a hell of a lot fun. There’s a lot of distinctive voices in the mix; we’ve already seen Johansson work her audio magic in Spike Jonze‘s Her. So it will be interesting to see how these familiar voices convert onto the screen. No sign of Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley or Lupita Nyong’o, but maybe they were doing some takes when everyone else was taking photos. Release is scheduled for October 9th, 2015.

Are you looking forward to a rumble in the jungle?

Weekend Roundup: 12th – 14th December

We like to cover as much news as possible here that interests you, but it’s unavoidable that little nuggets get missed here and there. Sometimes there’s too much to mention. Sometimes there’s not enough information to warrant an entire post. Sometimes I get tired. Sometimes a fourth thing happens.

Anyway, the Weekend Roundup is a means of keeping you updated on the weekend’s happenings without overwhelming you with multiple posts. This way you have time to enjoy your weekend outside, with trees and ducks and stuff.

So here are the important titbits that might come up in the coming week:

“The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies” Breaks IMAX Record

The last in the Hobbit trilogy has had a fire-breathing debut weekend, taking in a whopping $117.6 Million across 15,000 screens in 37 different markets. The prequel finale also broke the IMAX record for a December release with $6.4 Million on 160 screens, breaking the record set by An Unexpected Journey‘s $5.03 Million. That’s a première-and-a-halfling! Right? Guys? Hello?

Legendary Hollywood Photography Phil Stern Dies at 95

The iconic image-master was responsible for some of the most famous images of film stars including James Dean and Marilyn Monroe. When asked by LIFE Magazine about the key to his success, Stern replied “It was just pure luck”.

Changes to Name and Schedule of Universal’s “Skull Island”

The prequel to King Kong starring Tom Hiddleston will now be called Kong: Skull Island. The feature  from Legendary Pictures was originally scheduled for release on November 4th, 2016, however the release has been pushed back to March 10th, 2017.

Dwayne Johnson Describe What Kind of Character Black Adam Will Be

Despite a director not yet being attached to the project, Dwayne Johnson has already been able to give us a glimpse into the depiction of “anti-hero” Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam film. In Johnson’s own words, his character will be “ruthless” and “charming”. Sounds a little more complex than your common or garden comic villain.

Jungle Book Gets Logo and Concept Art

After getting a pretty solid cast list for Jon Favreau‘s adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic, we now have a logo and some conceptart to go along with it. Check them out:

Logo for Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book"
Logo for Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book”
Concept art for "Jungle Book"
Concept Art for “The Jungle Book”

And that’s about it for this weekend. See you on the other side, folks!