‘Jumanji’ Remake Gets New Scribe

Sony Pictures Reboot

Deadline reports that Sony Pictures has tapped High Fidelity and Con Air scribe Scott Rosenberg for its Jumanji remake, which is slated to hit theaters in time for Christmas, 2016.

In the same time, frequent Bad Robot executive producer Jeff Pinkner has been brought on board to consult on the Jumanji project. Rosenberg and Pinker are not strangers. They’ve collaborated on the recent CBS show “Zoo,” based on a best-selling novel by James Patterson.

The Jumanji reboot will return to the source material that inspired the 1995 film, which starred the late Robin Williams. The Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s book of the same name is about magical board game, which causes jungle plants and creatures to invade a quiet American suburb.

The original movie greatly diverged from Van Allsburg’s story, adding Williams’ character, Alan Parrish, and Alan’s childhood friend, Sarah Whittle (Bonnie Hunt), to the narrative. The magical board game that causes jungle plants and creatures to overrun a quiet suburb will still be there, though Rosenberg will likely switch a few things up to keep things fresh.

Previously, Stranger Than Fiction scribe Zach Helm took a pass at the Jumanji remake script. I hope they do it justice, they owe Williams at least that.