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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.