In today’s no-brainer news, it’s being reported that writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner have been hired to write a sequel to Sony Pictures’ mega-hit Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle for Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan.
It’s absolutely no surprise that a sequel is in the works considering that Jumanji is one of the biggest breakout hits released in 2017, even unseating Star Wars: The Last Jedi after two weeks settling for second place. This past weekend, Jumanji jumped back into first place as it crossed the $350 million mark, making it one of Johnson’s highest-grossing domestic hits.
Matt Tolmach is once again producing the UNTITLED JUMANJI SEQUEL with Johnson’s Seven Bucks Production team of Dany and Hiram Garcia. Before they start production, Pinkner and Rosenberg, who were involved with writing Sony Pictures’ biggest non-Spider-Man hit after earlier work by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, will try to come up with an idea for a suitable sequel to the blockbuster that has grossed $857 million worldwide.
One expects that Sony will snag a date for the Jumanji sequel sometime after getting all the pieces in place for it, and director Jake Kasdan is expected to return as director.
The writers are represented by WME, and they’ve already reteamed with Tolmach to write Sony’s upcoming Venom film, starring Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor