Sony’s highest grossing film ($962B worldwide) is set to get a third installment in December 2019 (watch out Star Wars: Episode IX!). 2017’s Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle, directed by Hollywood legacy Jake Kasden, was a critically acclaimed and financially successful boon for the studio and they are eager to get a sequel up as quickly as possible.
Jumanji 2: Welcome to the Jungle was a modern spin on the 1995 classic, where four teenagers get sucked into a mysterious video game and to escape, must beat the game by returning a scared jewel to a sacred statue. All the while avoiding wildlife and henchmen. The film starred Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart and Karen Gillan. It’s all good fun, and to be honest, was one of my favorites of last year.
In an interview with Collider, Kasden confirmed that they are still working on the script and expect shooting to begin in early 2019. While it’ll be a tight timeline for sure, Kasden wants to make sure the story is done right and true:
“Part of the challenge of figuring out how [the emotional center of the film] continues is to keep that alive in ways that feel earned…like a true kind of continuation in this story,”
The last thing we need is another sequel that is just cranked out with no thought (Pitch Perfect 2 and 3 thank you very much).
You can check out the full interview below and at Collider.