Dwayne Johnson showed the love on Valentine's Day by taking to Instagram to confirm that the sequel to Jumanji has started production. The as yet untitled follow-up to 2017's Welcome To The Jungle reunites most of the original line-up with Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karren Gillan, Nick Jonas, joining Johnson and the quartet of youngsters Alex Wolff, Ser'Darius Blain, Morgan Turner, and Madison Iseman.
Much like many fans of the Robin Williams led original, I was skeptical about the reboot even with the presence of the charismatic Dwayne Johnson. The trailers looked ok, but full credit where credit is due, the finished movie was shockingly enjoyable. Made with genuine heart and a game cast, Jumanji Welcome To The Jungle had mighty legs at the box office and held its own against Star Wars The Last Jedi. The upgraded Jumanji generated more than $960 million worldwide and ended a lucrative year for Sony after Spider-Man: Homecoming spun a web of box office gold that summer.
Jake Kasden will resume directing duties for the sequel that recently added Danny Glover, Awkwafina, and Danny Devito to the cast. Currently, Sony is eyeing a December release date which will see Jumanji lock horns with Star Wars once again. A December launch seems ambitious for a movie that has only just started shooting, but a February kick off for production has been the plan for some time, so I guess they know what they're doing.
Movie making machine Dwayne Johnson just wrapped on the eagerly awaited Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw. Johnson also confirmed the news via his Instagram describing the project as "the most challenging film" he's ever made.
"Easily the most challenging film I’ve ever produced and starred in, however, based on the fans’ insanely hyped “break the internet” reactions to our first trailer — this film is also shaping up to be my most rewarding."
You can catch Johnson in cinemas next week in Fighting With My Family, meanwhile, Hobbs & Shaw rocks up into cinemas on August 2.