2016 has been a great – if odd – year for movie and TV show announcements. The Dark Tower, MIB-23, The Tick – the list goes on and on, not that we’re complaining. Also a part of this list is a remake of Jumanji, which in addition to landing Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart in lead roles, has also cast another big name, with Jack Black in talks to appear.
As reported by The Wrap, in addition to Black being an excellent comedic lead, it also marks a curious reunion of sorts. Director Jake Kasdan previously worked with Black on underseen Noughties comedy Orange County, so it’s nice to see them back together. And while Black has always been a bankable comic actor, he arguably works best as part of an ensemble, bouncing off his fellow cast members (see the excellent warbound comedy Tropic Thunder as proof of this), making the prospect of his teaming up with Johnson and Hart even more exciting.
While there’s no word on what direction the film will take yet, overall we’re pretty optimistic about the direction it’s taking so far. As previously mentioned, Johnson and Hart work well together, and Black’s inclusion just serves to cap things off. While Kasdan’s other output has been mixed (as well as Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and various episodes of Zooey Deschanel-starring TV series New Girl, he has also helmed the disappointing Sex Tape back in 2015), he’s done enough to make us confident about his involvement.
Assisting Kasdan behind the scenes, the writing team includes Zach Helm, Chris McKenna, Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg and Erik Sommers, with Ted Field, William Teitler, Matthew Tolmach and Mike Weber involved as producers.
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