16 Jan – The upcoming remake of American fantasy adventure movie, "Jumanji", keeps rolling its dice and moving a few steps forward.
The movie has now found its director in the form of "Bad Teacher" helmer, Jake Kasdan, according to Deadline.
Kasdan will be directing based on a script by Scott Rosenberg ("Con Air") and Jeff Pinkner ("The 5th Wave"). The script, like the original 1995 movie, is an adaptation of author Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 children's book of the same name.
The first movie stars the late Robin Williams in the leading role, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce.
It tells the story of a boy, Alan, and his best friend, Sarah. Alan gets trapped inside a magical board game and is released 26 years later when a pair of siblings find the game and play it. The now-adult Alan and Sarah, along with the siblings Judy and Peter, must continue playing it in order to end the destructions it's caused.
"Jumanji" was a commercial success, earning USD262.8 million globally, based on Box Office Mojo stats.
Its spiritual successor, "Zathura", however, failed to take in a worldwide gross of more than USD65 million.
The remake is set for a 25 December release this year.