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Jack Black Reveals Connection to Original JUMANJI in Upcoming Sequel

June 19, 2017

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When Sony Pictures announced that Jumanji would get a reboot, Dwayne Johnson said that it wasn’t true and said it was more of a sequel. Now, Jack Black recently spoke to THR and revealed one of the big connections between the original film and his sequel.

“We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death, but while we’re there, we find clues left behind by (Robin William’s character Alan Parrish). He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there.”

Williams’ character was trapped inside the board game for 26 years where he survived and grew up, which Black says we will get a taste of it in the film.

“(In the original) you never got to see the inside world, but this one takes place primarily inside the jungle of JUMANJI. That’s the coolest part of the film– we’re able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and beauty.”

The new film stars Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Nick Jonas, Ser’Darius Blain, Madison Iseman, Alex Wolff, and Morgan Turner. Johnson, Hart, Black and Gillan will play “avatars” of the kids actually playing the Jumanji game in the film.

Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher, Sex Tape) directs from a script by Scott Rosenberg (High Fidelity, Con Air), with Bad Robot executive producer Jeff Pinkner consulting. Matt Tolmach, William Teitler and Ted Field produce. Mike Weber and Van Allsburg executive produce.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hits theaters on December 22.

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