Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is a busy man. In addition to his HBO series Ballers he routinely makes several films a year, appears on Wrestlemania and is one of the most active celebrities on social media (being a huge hype man for his upcoming films). So it should come as no surprise that Johnson would take to social media to discuss one future release that was met with some trepidation following the official announcement, Jumanji. Below check out Johnson’s comments where he promises the remake/sequel will honor the late Robin Williams while also getting fans excited for the movie.
Here’s what the Rock had to say on his Instagram account specifically about the issue of remaking a film well known for a star that recently passed away as well as the tremendous respect he personally has for Robin Williams.
“An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of “Alan Parrish” will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin’ down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn’t even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that’s for another fun story down the road.”
When Jumanji was first rumored the belief was that Johnson would be joined by his Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart (while it may just end up being a rental for me, I’m interested in watching the two of them play off each other). However, Hart’s involvement came in doubt when he became attached to another remake, The Intouchables (read more about that project here). Johnson seemingly confirmed, without stating Hart’s name specifically, that he would be able to work things out with his schedule to appear in Jumanji.
“In the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there’s now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted.”
Jake Kasdan (Sex Tape) will be directing the movie from a screenplay by Scott Rosenberg (High Fidelity). Johnson is also on board as a producer. Jumanji is set to arrive in US theaters July 28, 2017. Check out the full post from Dwayne Johnson below.