In a world of remakes and reboots, nothing seems to be safe anymore, especially not our childhood classics. It was announced last year that Sony Pictures is moving forward with their re-imagined adaptation of Joe Johnston’s 1995 film, and Chris Van Allsburg’s 1981 children’s picture book, Jumanji. Pop star, and reemerging heartthrob, Nick Jonas is in talks to join big names Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, and Jack Black on the production.
Nick Jonas, who is now a solo artist, rose to fame in 2005 as part of the world famous Jonas Brothers band, formed by he and his two older brothers. Apart from starring in Disney’s 2008 Camp Rock, and its 2010 follow up, Jonas’ focus lay on his music and sparing roles in theatre and television. In 2014, he released his first solo single “Chains,” and a few months later, enjoyed remarkable success with radio hit “Jealous.” That same year, Jonas starred in DirecTV’s Kingdom, marking his first adult reoccurring acting role as series regular. Since then, he has been featured in shows such as Scream Queens, and has acquired more film credits for roles in Careful What You Wish For and Sundance hit Goat. Jumanji would mark Jonas’ first mainstream movie release.
With such hit names attached to this re-imagined classic, it’s hard to judge whether or not Jumanji will be a critical success. Although, it appears some have already taken to backlash, deeming this Robin Williams remake unnecessary, being so close to his passing. Williams, who died in 2014, played jungle resident Alan Parrish in the original. Dwayne Johnson has stated in Entertainment Weekly that Jake Kasdan, who is directing the reboot, will honour Robin Williams and his character in some way. Fingers Crossed!
Jumanji is set for a Summer 2017 release by Sony Pictures.