It goes without saying that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Kevin Hart are two of the busiest and most popular men in Hollywood. With their combined IMDb slates populated by a growing list of 16 rumored, announced, pre-production, post-production and completed titles, they're now diving into one of their biggest adventures yet: The Jumanji reboot.
Fresh off the heels of their upcoming movie Central Intelligence, Johnson and Hart are working together again to bring us a reimagining of the 1995 Robin Williams classic. After announcing his involvement, Johnson was quick to ensure fans that the new movie would honor the late Williams.
In an interview with Fandango today, Johnson and Hart spoke candidly about Jumanji, and both actors stated that their goal is to create a movie in the same vein as a recent Disney blockbuster. Hart says:
"First of all, rest in peace to Robin Williams, who did an amazing job with the original Jumanji. You're never going to redo what he did -- that movie was epic. What we want to do is take that premise and that movie and make it very unique for our generation, and add some more elements into it. Think about recent movies like The Jungle Book."
Johnson reiterated similar sentiments, noting that he hopes the remake will make Williams and his family proud, while paying a fitting tribute to him:
"And with Robin [Williams], I get it. That's a big polarizing thing when you make an announcement about Jumanji, so it's important for fans to know that Robin's character is immortalized and untouched. And without giving anything away, there's a cool way that we're going to honor that. I think his family's really gonna like it and be proud."
So just how do they plan on reinventing Jumanji and tailoring it to today's youngsters while also engaging with fans of the original? Unfortunately, Hart kept pretty tight-lipped about the details, but it sounds like they have plenty of fun things planned:
"We don't want to give too much away, but we are going to amplify it. We're going to throw a lot of bells and whistles at it to make it stand out -- and the biggest bells and whistles are Dwayne and myself. It's gonna be good."
The cast also includes Jack Black and Marvel's latest cinematic Web Slinger, Tom Holland.
Central Intelligence is set for a June 17 release and Jumanji will reach theaters on July 28, 2017.
Are you prepared to cast the dice again with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart?