If you find the recent trailers for Central Intelligence appealing, or really enjoyed the chemistry and camaraderie between its two stars as they co-hosted the MTV Movie Awards this past Sunday, you’re in luck. Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are in early talks to reunite for the upcoming Sony remake Jumanji. This version promises to be truer to the original 1981 adventure book by author Chris Van Allsburg.
Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart are currently two of the hardest working men in show business. And Variety reports that a lot of schedule juggling has had to happen to make this work out. Both actors are in the midst of a heavy production load. But that’s not stopping the two, who obviously enjoy working together, from moving forward with their deals.
Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage, which is based on the popular video game that finds a giant Lizard, Werewolf and Gorilla tearing apart a city with their fists, was scheduled to go into production later this year, but it looks like the shoot is going to shift into 2017. This has left an opening on The Rock’s schedule. He plans to shoot the Jumanji remake before he is needed back on the set of his HBO series Ballers for its third season. Dwayne Johnson is also set to shoot Fast 8 later this summer, where he will reprise his character of Agent Hobbs. He also has a remake of Big Trouble in Little China on he horizon, and is currently shooting the big screen adaptation of the R-rated beach comedy Baywatch.
Kevin Hart is locked into shoot an American adaptation of the The Intouchables for TWC this summer, starring opposite Bryan Cranston. It’s reported that working out this part of his schedule may be difficult. And it’s the one thing that could keep the two actors apart. Though it’s not noted whether or not, if one drops out, the other will follow. The pair will next be seen together in Central Intelligence, which hits theaters on June 17.
Jake Kasdan is directing this new version of Jumanji, which originally starred Robin Williams. Matt Tolmach is producing alongside William Teitler. Ted Field, Mike Weber and Van Allsburg will executive produce. Sony has already set a July 28, 2017 release date for the fantasy adventure, which sees a wildlife board game spring to life. Shooting is set to being this August in Honolulu, HI.
Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are rewiring a new draft of the script. Original writers of the 1995 classic, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers supplied an early draft of the screenplay. The story follows a 12-year-old boy trapped in a board game back in 1969 who is released 45 years later. The movie will be heavy on action and comedy, with an element of fantasy thrown in.