Fresh off a successful (and hilarious) co-hosting gig at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards, the wrestler-turned-action-hero and America’s go-to comedian are reportedly in contention to star in the remake of a classic film.
Variety reports that Sony is in talks with the duo to star in the reboot of Jumanji.
Based on Chris Van Allsburg’s original 1981 young adult book, Jumaji first hit the big screen back in 1995. The movie about the jungle board game come to life starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt and Kirsten Dunst, and grossed over $260 million at the box office. Sony reportedly hopes to recapture the adventurous magic of the story but also split duties of protagonist between the comedy odd couple of Johnson and Hart.
As stars of the upcoming summer movie Central Intelligence, the duo know how to deliver great banter and physical comedy. But it seems scheduling, not chemistry, will be the hardest match to work out.
Director Jake Kasdan is already locked down to helm the film due out in 2017. Johnson and Hart are said to have hectic schedules but are very interested in the prospect of the reboot. For The Rock, his plan would be to shoot Jumanji in between the third season of his HBO’s Ballers and Fast 8 this summer. As for Hart, Variety says via a source that he’s expected to shoot The Intouchables remake this summer opposite Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and working around his part of the schedule “could prove difficult.”
Fingers crossed the guys work out their schedule!