Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is being released 22 years after the events of the first film.

It’s a standalone sequel to Jumanji (1995). That starred Robin Williams, who died on August 11, 2014, and in someways the new movie can be seen as a tribute to him.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Trailer

Producer Matt Tolmach is was a longtime fan of the original film and the children’s fantasy book that inspired it. As a result he re-checked out the 1995 feature with fresh eyes. He found, “I immediately felt there were more Jumanji stories to be told”.

Tolmach and writer Chris McKenna saw a new direction for Jumanji. Rather than bringing the jungle into our world, they would would bring the players into the jungle. Matt explains, “The game evolves, from a board game to a video game. [Here] the game will do what it has to do to be played”.

Filming after a initial delay began in September 2016 in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a result the initial planned December 2016 release is now December 20th 2017.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been rated PG-13 for adventure action, suggestive content and some language. This compares with the original movie Jumanji (1995) which was rated PG. That was for for menacing fantasy action and some mild language.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - Poster
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Final Poster ©2016 CTMG

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Official Lowdown


In Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, we have the tables turned on four teenagers in detention. They are sucked into the world of Jumanji.

When they discover an old video game console with a game they’ve never heard of, they are immediately thrust into the game’s jungle setting. Here they are in the bodies of their avatars, played by Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan.

What they discover is that you don’t just play Jumanji – Jumanji plays you!

As a result they’ll have to go on the most dangerous adventure of their lives, or they’ll be stuck in the game forever…

Cast includes Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale.

The film is directed By Jake Kasdan.

Produced By Matt Tolmach and William Teitler. Executive Produced By David Householter, Jake Kasdan, Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, Ted Field, Mike Weber and Chris Van Allsburg


Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Theatrical Release dates

US, Canada and UK: December 20th 2017
Australia: December 26th 2017
New Zealand: January 4th 2017

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle - Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle – Franklin “Moose” Finbar (Kevin Hart), Dr Smolder Bravestone (Dwayne Johnson), Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan) and Professor Shelly Oberon (Jack Black) ©2016 CTMG

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online