With a release date set for next Christmas, Sony Pictures is not playing games about getting their JUMANJI remake off the ground. The studio has tapped Scott Rosenberg to rewrite the reboot, with Jeff Pinkner consulting. The project serves as a reimagining of the beloved 1995 film of the same name, which featured Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, and Bonnie Hunt sitting down to play the danger-ridden titular board game.
The new iteration, produced by Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler, is not considered a remake and will instead be a new adaptation of the Chris Van Allsburg book, which followed two children playing a mysterious jungle-themed game brought to life. Ted Field and Mike Weber will executive produce.
Zach Helm wrote the original draft, though now the infernal drums call to Con Air and Gone in 60 Seconds writer Rosenberg, who will step in to script. Rosenberg has also worked on a number of family-friendly pics, including Spider-Man and Monsters vs. Aliens.
The High Fidelity scribe is also familiar with adaptations about jungle animals, most recently writing, developing, and executive producing the CBS series Zoo.
Zoo, which is based on the book by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge, explores what happens when the planet’s animals turn deadly all at once. Pinkner served as showrunner on the first season, which aired this past summer.
Rosenberg and Pinkner are repped by WME.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor