So the Jumanji reboot is definitely happening, miffed fans be damned.
For quite some time now, the news of a remake of the fantastical game thriller starring Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst seemd the stuff of speculation. But official word is in that the development for the film is well underway and the writers are already at work.
Deadline has reported that Scott Rosenberg is coming on board to script the project. Rosenberg is perhaps best known for his screenwriting chops on Con Air and Gone in 60 Seconds. Rosenberg will probably be working on rolling out a screenplay soon as the movie is aiming for a 2016 Christmas release.
The prospect of a reboot had the fans up in arms until very recently, and the fact that Williams passed away last year, added to their chagrin. Many of them felt it was too early to be reworking one of the movie's the actor is best remembered by.
Sample some of the dismissive remarks:
— Ninja Panda (@cherrycokeaf) August 6, 2015
I really don't want that Jumanji remake. Probably because I feel it's too soon after Robin William's death and that's one of my favs. — Crypta Spookins (@Sharlynnshida) August 6, 2015
— Rafi Ansari (@RafiAnsari) August 6, 2015
The original movie was released in 1995 and was directed by Joe Johnston.