We know a lot of you grew up to the 1995 Jumanji movie with Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, and Bradley Pierce. The original movie’s main elements revolve around a magical board game which unleashes the siblings into a world of adventure.
Now, the new Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has released its first ever trailer to the pvblic and it received mixed reviews. Some think it has a lot of potential with the new cast members such as Kevin Hart, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and others say elements are missing, like Jumanji turning into a video game, and the teenage girl stuck in Jack Black’s body.
Producer Matt Tolmach tells Forbes that putting the unlikely heroes inside a video game was intentional, saying that it wasn’t a sequel or a reboot, rather, it was a new adventure.
“That was the premise of the idea to make another Jumanji movie, but to make another Jumanji adventure. Not a sequel, not a reboot, but another Jumanji adventure. This one is about going into games,” Tolmach said.
It was also about making the movie more modern. “At the same time, it was about going into games in the modern world, where by and large people play video games. That is today’s version of board games.”
“It’s one of the things the original writer said to me when we were talking about it is, ‘I was a gamer. Part of the thrill of playing video games for me was escape into this. I wanted to be a warrior, or I wanted to be an explorer, I wanted to be somebody else,'” he added.
“I think the magic of the movie is that it allows you to be somebody else, and then it allows you to fulfill this notion that all of us have those heroes and those characters within us, even when we’re not in the game. But then I’m giving away the end of the movie, which I don’t want to do.”