You wouldn’t know Jake Kasdan by his name alone, but you will definitely know him by his works.

The man in question is the mastermind behind some of the most popular R-rated comedies such as “Bad Teacher” and “Sex Tape”. He is notable for working on TV series including “Undeclared”, “Freaks and Geeks”, “Fresh off the Boat”, and “The New Girl”.

Now, he is about to take a huge career leap because The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that he has signed on to helm Columbia Pictures’ upcoming “Jumanji” remake.

Source: CNN.
Source: CNN.

“Jumanji” is a 1995 American fantasy adventure film directed by Joe Johnston based on a screenplay by Greg Taylor, Jonathan Hensleigh, and Jim Strain. It is the film adaptation of the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg.

The movie centres on Alan Parrish, a 12-year-old kid who becomes trapped in a board game while playing with his best friend Sarah Whittle. 26 years later, the now-adult Alan was unwittingly released by siblings Judy and Peter Shepherd who find the game and begin playing it. After tracking down Sarah, the quartet resolves to finish the game in order to undo all of the destruction it caused.

The 1995 cult classic starred the late Robin Williams in one of his most memorable roles. It also starred Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, and Bebe Neuwirth.

Source: Nerdist.
Source: Nerdist.

The remake is being described as “as a new take on the book” and with Kasdan attached to direct, fans can expect to see some sweet-natured comedy in the film.

“Con Air” scribe Scott Rosenberg is attached to write the script with his Midnight Radio producing partner Jeff Pinkner based on a draft by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. He is on board to consult on the project that will be developed by Sony Pictures.

Matt Tolmach, who is shepherding the project, will produce it with Bill Teitler. Ted Field, Mike Weber, and Van Allsburg will serve as executive producers.

The film is expected to begin production soon as it is slated for release on 25th December 2016.


The studio has yet to announce the cast, but who do you think should join the film? Let us know in the comments box below.

Sources: THR, Wikipedia.

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