On Monday, Sony Pictures had their opening night presentation of the highly anticipated Jumanji reboot at CinemaCon 2017. Even though most of the reports on the film were very positive, there is one detail that has fans absolutely furious. In this version of Jumanji, the beloved board game is being replaced by a ’90s-style video game console. Via WWG, here’s more on this troubling development.
According to TheWrap’s recap of the description, the film, which is more like a reboot of the franchise rather than a sequel, will deal with “a group of misbehaving teens” who “find the console during a detention session in their high school and are transported into the game itself.” Once they find themselves in there, they become avatar-based characters, which is where actors like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan come into play, working their way through the many odds that pop up in the game, rather than seeing them affect the real world this time around.
What a bunch of bullshit. That’s like a Space Jam reboot without basketball or a Home Alone movie without savage violence. I know you can’t just make a carbon copy of the 1995 original, but there’s gotta be a way you can put your own spin on it without messing with such a crucial element of the film.
Unsurprisingly, Twitter was none too pleased with the news.
How you going to remake jumanji without the game board pic.twitter.com/rzgS8jgrY4
— ash (@blaquepink) March 28, 2017
Oh well, at least Karen Gillan is still a total babe. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is scheduled to hit theaters in the U.S. on December 22, 2017.