Dwayne Johnson is currently filming the movie adaptation of Baywatch, but the actor took some time to announce on Instagram earlier today that he was boarding the remake of Jumanji.
In the post, Johnson said that while he loved being in original projects like Ballers, his football comedy on HBO, he also enjoyed taking on remakes. He added that he thought the script was incredible and was excited to team up with director Jake Kasdan. Kevin Hart was rumored to be joining Johnson for the film, but there's been no confirmation at this time.
It's OFFICIAL: Love this script! Big movie news that me and my canine gal Shang are excited to share;) To produce, create and deliver original properties to fans like HBO's #ballers to this summer's #CentralIntelligence is one of the best parts of my job. But to take great properties that are beloved worldwide like #BAYWATCH and #RAMPAGE and have the opportunity reimagine their stories in dope new ways to a whole new generation is truly an honor. It's official. We'll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There's games you play for fun... then there's games that change your life. JUMANJI Working on edging up an already very good script with my @sevenbucksprod team. Up next is meeting with our producer Matt Tolmach and director Jake Kasdan. Shooting starts this fall. Promise to deliver something cool and special.. and not screw the whole damn thing up;). As always I'll keep you posted. Casting this should be fun! #JUMANJI #JungleLife #JustPressStart #SONYPictures
The original film, which starred Robin Williams, was released in 1995. It followed a couple of kids in a suburb who are forced to fight for their lives after playing an ancient board game that unleashes a group of wild animals and devastating attacks on their city.
Johnson will shoot the film in between Fast 8, which he's scheduled to start production on this summer, and the third season of Ballers. The film is scheduled to be released on July 27, 2017.