News that Jumanji is getting the remake treatment was met with mixed reactions from fans of the original film everywhere. And if you’re one of the many who’s a bit nervous that the new film won’t do the old one justice, Dwayne Johnson wants you to know that he fully intends to pay tribute to the original Robin Williams classic.
Johnson, who is starring in the upcoming remake alongside Kevin Hart, took to his Instagram yesterday (May 9) to share
a lengthy post about the upcoming production. Alongside a photo of himself with the children’s book that inspired the hit ’90s movie, Johnson announced that Jumanji meetings were officially underway and reassured fans that he has every intention of honoring both the late Robin Williams and his character Alan Parrish in the new version.
And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part… in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI
“You have my word, we will honor [Williams’] name and the character of “Alan Parrish” will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way,” explained the actor. “I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud.”
Johnson also reminisced about his first meeting with Williams years ago.
“I also think Robin is somewhere lookin’ down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn’t even get my words out. Idiot,” continued Johnson. “He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that’s for another fun story down the road.”
We’re sure that knowing Johnson has so much respect for the source material and for Williams will do wonders as far as making fans feel more at ease about the upcoming remake. We’re definitely interested to see what he ends up doing for it ourselves!