2017 is shaping up to be another year packed with much-delayed installments of popular film series. Whether remake, reboot, or something in between, such projects usually inspire a bizarre mix of anticipation and trepidation among longtime fans. One of the most divisive recent bits of entertainment news has been the announcement of a Jumanji remake.
Based on the Chris Van Allsburg book, the 1995 film centered on a small group of people who unleash destruction after playing a magical board game. They must finish playing to bring the chaos to an end. Starring Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, and Kirsten Dunst, Jumanji was a huge box office hit, earning $262 million worldwide.
Fans have been skeptical about a remake, but here’s what we know about the new version thus far.
1. A release date and a title
Originally set for a Christmas 2016 release, Sony pushed the remake to a late-2017 premiere. The film will now hit theaters on Dec. 22, 2017, and will be titled Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. December has traditionally proven to be a tough month for blockbuster releases, and this year will be no exception. Jumanji will have its work cut out for it, running right up against Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which hits theaters the week prior on Dec. 15.