By: Myri Nieves
While no official previews or trailers have come out yet for the next installment in the Jumanji series, actor Jack Black offers us an insight and elaborates on co-star Dwayne Johnson’s earlier statement that Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle would not be a reboot, but a sequel.
“We’re exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it’s life or death, but while we’re there, we find clues left behind by Alan Parrish. He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It’s like he’s there helping us without actually being there.”
In the original, Alan Parrish (played by Robin Williams) plays Jumanji and gets trapped within the game for 26 years, where he is eventually raised, missing out on the rest of his childhood and part of his adulthood due to being in the jungle. Black elaborates that in the original you never saw the world he built to survive, or what exactly was in that world beyond the dangerous creatures and, of course, the hunter who perused him. No doubt the cast is feeling the pressure of this sequel as many have been opposed to it due to William’s classic telling. Time will tell whether this film will be an homage to the classic Jumanji or if it’ll be something we’d rather pretend didn’t exist.