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Old 09-01-2016, 03:45 PM   #1
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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Sony's new Jumanji film is nearing production, to be directed by Jake Kasdan (son of Lawrence and director of comedies) and to star the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Joe Jonas.

It's said that the film isn't a remake of the Joe Johnston's film starring Robin Williams, but a continuation of some sort. (Maybe just set in the same world?)

Today, Johnson shared some concept art for the film, which has him sporting a pseudo "Indiana Jones" look.



(found at Coming Soon)

This has me questioning whether he's still up for that Jungle Cruise movie. Seems like similar ground to me.
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Old 09-01-2016, 04:14 PM   #2
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Sony's new Jumanji film is nearing production, to be directed by Jake Kasdan (son of Lawrence and director of comedies) and to star the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Joe Jonas.


(found at Coming Soon)

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...Jake Kasdan will direct from a screenplay by High Fidelity and Con Air scribe Scott Rosenberg...

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This has me questioning whether he's still up for that Jungle Cruise movie. Seems like similar ground to me.

It's become familiar territory for him, in one way or another. There's also the Jules Verne adaptation Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, along with his non-adventurer role in The Mummy Returns and an Indiana Jones sketch he starred in on Saturday Night Live.

We might also note that he's spent a fair amount of time in revivals of old properties or characters; in addition to the aforementioned, there's a remake of Walking Tall, a film version of the video game Doom, a film adaptation of Get Smart, a remake titled Race to Witch Mountain, toy/animated series-inspired G.I. Joe Joe: Retaliation, a go at playing Hercules, and the upcoming Baywatch film. All of which I think is perfectly natural and doesn't reflect poorly on him: he's charismatic, funny, and well-built, allowing him to be cast in everything from modern-day action comedies to sword-and-sandal fare.

Plus everything named above is a fraction of his incredibly busy schedule. I wouldn't write off his involvement in the Jungle Cruise project, if that film is still steaming ahead.
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Old 09-02-2016, 01:45 AM   #4
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Today, Johnson shared some concept art for the film, which has him sporting a pseudo "Indiana Jones" look.
While it's certainly descriptive, I still find it kinda curious we associate any kind of look like that with Indiana Jones, even may think it's an intentional homage. After all, it's no so much an "Indiana Jones" look, as it is a standard "adventurer" look.

They didn't actually invent that for Indiana Jones, they simply popularized it.
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Today, Johnson shared some concept art for the film, which has him sporting a pseudo "Indiana Jones" look.



Jack Hanna, the Australian Light Brigade, The Drover: these all came to mind well before Indiana Jones. In fact, Dr. Jones wasn't a consideration until I went back to glance at your text again. The inclusion of a hat does not make something pseudo Indiana Jones. To piggy back on Finn's comment, everything here is part and parcel of the standard adventurer's kit.

A lot of fingers point to Bogart's turn in Treasure of the Sierra Madre as originating the look on film, but go back to 1939's Only Angels Have Wings and Richard Barthelmess' character, Bat MacPherson, wears an outfit that's virtually identical to Dr. Jones' right down to the shortened tie.

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It's become familiar territory for him, in one way or another. There's also the Jules Verne adaptation Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, along with his non-adventurer role in The Mummy Returns and an Indiana Jones sketch he starred in on Saturday Night Live.

Are they expecting Shakespeare? The Rock has a particular niche of action-comedy that he's exploited to become the highest paid actor in the world. The fact that the World Famous Jungle Cruise Movie will be a period piece is more than enough to set it apart from this Jumanji... continuation.

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I have given Sony some grief for the very concept of a Jumanji remake. It is one of those 1990’s hits that was a success for very specific reasons (Robin Williams in a kid-friendly fantasy back when the very notion of CGI animals flying about and making mischief was in itself impressive) as opposed to any brand fandom. But snagging Johnson (as well as possibly Kevin Hart), a genuine “put butts in the seats” movie star, makes the idea palpable. The news makes sense in light of the kind of moves Johnson has been making over the last few years. He does originals here (San Andreas) and there (Central Intelligence), but when he does pick a franchise, he tends to go for one where he is bigger than the property.

Full article:The Rock Picks Franchises Where He's the Main Draw

Scott Mendelson is one of the few non-wet the bed industry analysts out there which makes him worth reading. While I disagree with him on the nature of movie stars (they don't exist; he's not going to drive box office on Moana or a rom com for example), The Rock certainly has potential.

And unless Disney pulls the Jungle Cruise movie from their announced release schedule, you can figure it's full one third ahead full for the time being.
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Old 09-20-2016, 02:20 AM   #6
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So, the first couple of snaps have found their way from the Waimea Valley in Hawai'i and onto the 'net. The first one has the principle cast in full costume.

Lara Croft is that you?




Kevin Hart is channeling a Pixar flick! Guess which one.


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While it's a reach to call The Rock's costume a homage to anything in particular... curiously enough, that getup of Karen Gillan does look like one.

Yep, someone's raided the Croft manor garderobe, full stop.
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Yep, someone's raided the Croft manor garderobe, full stop.

A little more rummaging and they turned out a Jonas Brother!


I'm too sexy for my shirt.

If I had to guess, the Jonas Bro. is supposed to be some sort of pilot. It's scant info to be sure,but he's wearing a bomber jacket (note the oversized pocket for the flight log,etc.) and the name bar reads "Seaplane" with a stylized fleur de lis badge. It looks familiar, but I can't quite place it.

The release date is still quite a ways off (22 December 2017), but a couple of interesting images have filtered out onto the 'net.

The bigger they are.

More fight pictures over here.

I'm liking the early looks thus far! Here's hoping that the movie eventually lives up to the promise these pictures hint at!
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Kevin Hart is channeling a Pixar flick! Guess which one.



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I forgot to note the title update in here.

"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle"

There's also a new synopsis:

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In the brand new adventure Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the tables are turned as four teenagers are sucked into the world of Jumanji.

When four high-school kids discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of – Jumanji – they are immediately drawn into the game’s jungle setting, literally becoming the avatars they chose: gamer Spencer becomes a brawny adventurer (Dwayne Johnson); football jock Fridge loses (in his words) “the top two feet of his body” and becomes an Einstein (Kevin Hart); popular girl Bethany becomes a middle-aged male professor (Jack Black); and wallflower Martha becomes a badass warrior (Karen Gillan). What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – you must survive it. To beat the game and return to the real world, they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, discover what Alan Parrish left 20 years ago, and change the way they think about themselves – or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…
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Mod note: Is it time to update the thread title? Now that we've had a full, proper title for a couple of months now?

A full trailer is supposed to hit the 'net tomorrow (Thursday), but as is so often the case we get a teaser for a teaser. Or, a commercial for a commercial!

The original genius of MTV lives on!



There's a lot of action hinted at in the teaser, but not much else. You do get a glimpse of all the characters, and there's a definite hodge podge of styles going on. If I have any complaints, it's this -- the late Victorian-esque look espoused by Van Pelt in the original flick was something I had hoped to continue with. As of now, it's bog standard adventurer's kit.


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Old 06-29-2017, 08:50 AM   #12
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Here's the domestic trailer:



And the International Trailer, which shows more:



It's... a weird mix of comedy and big-budget action/adventure. I could easily see critics saying the filmmakers couldn't decide what they wanted it to be.
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I personally found the action parts good...the rest was not so much. The dialogue/banter was pretty cringe inducing to me, at least that was my initial impression. The 'kid in adult bodies' thing is just an okay gimmick to me.
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First thought: Jumanji is a video game? Well, it must be sentient; able to change appearances based on the era!

Second thought: Hollywood really needs to do something to hide/change/alter/whatever Ka’a’awa Valley. It's been used so often that it immediately takes me out of the proceedings.

Otherwise, I laughed. The action looks to be well choreographed if less than spectacular, but that's not the Jumanji that was alluded to. While I have no nostalgia for the original picture, this quote from Alan Parrish should have been their framework for the new movie.

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You think that mosquitos, monkeys, and lions are bad? That is just the beginning. I've seen things you've only seen in your nightmares. Things you can't even imagine. Things you can't even see. There are things that hunt you in the night. Then something screams. Then you hear them eating, and you hope to God that you're not dessert. Afraid? You don't even know what afraid is. You would not last five minutes without me.

While that doesn't necessarily mean there are preternatural elements within Jumanji itself, the implications are certainly there. Instead there is a helicopter, dudes on motorcycles, and automatic weapons fire. Not exactly inspiring.

It reminds me of that time The Karate Kid went to China and learned kung fu.

The international trailer is better, but we'll wait and see. I'm not exactly bowled over, and Sony Pictures really needs to be wowing people before the end up being bowled for six.
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:03 PM   #15
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First thought: Jumanji is a video game? Well, it must be sentient; able to change appearances based on the era!
The action has to spill out into the school, right? From the land of, let's call it, Tronarnia.

My first thought was, the epidemic of hot girls in detention has increased from 40% to 50% since Breakfast Club.
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