Hollywood actor-producer Dwayne Johnson says that the possibility of a third movie in the “Jumanji” franchise depends entirely on the response of the audience to the forthcoming second part, “Jumanji: The Next Step.”
Asked about the plans for the third part, Johnson said: “It depends on the audience. When we made the first one, we thought the concept was interesting and we’re going to see what’s going on. We never thought about making part two. So, the same applies here too. We’re going to keep our eyes open and go to the ground to (see how the second part fares).”
In 1995, the world of the novel “Jumanji” by Chris Van Allsburg, narrating the story of a young Alan Parrish stuck in a board game, found its way to the silver screen. His primary character was Robin Williams. From getting lost in the transit, tackling monkeys and struggling with other odds, the film revolved around how Parrish gets stuck in the board game and returns as an adult, and how he has to finish the game with his friends to escape the fate that he called himself by rolling the dice.
The story came back with a modern twist on the big screen in 2017. In “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” after laying their hands on a video game console playing a version of the Jumanji classic, a group of high school students get lost in the jungle.
Despite glossing the story with a virtual brush, both the tale’s meaning and the mystical elements are preserved by the make. And with more wild fun and another thrilling jungle trip in “Jumanji: The Next Step,” they’ll be back.
Dwayne Johnson Talks About the Star Cast
The movie stars Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Jack Black, and Nick Jonas. A new addition to the cast includes Awkwafina, Danny DeVito and Danny Glover. “We were keenly aware of the fortunate success of ‘Jumanji…’. We wanted to raise the bar to be bigger and better. But we wish to make sure that we stay in touch with the foundation of the first one, which made it unique and appealing all around the world,” Johnson said.
“We had an opportunity to introduce new characters. It was great,” he added.
“Jumanji: The Next Level” picks up where 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” left off. But there is one difference. The twist is that the grandfathers (played by DeVito and Glover) of two original players get transported into the game as Johnson and Hart’s avatars.
Talking about it, Johnson said: “It was a real honor to portray Danny Devito, and embody him. The cool magic of Jumanji is that it gives an opportunity to embody other people and take you to multiple universes. Kevin and I have admired these guys. They are legends and both Danny’s come with their distinct style. Working with them was a lot of fun.”
Sony Pictures Entertainment India will release “Jumanji: The Next Level” on December 13, 2019, in Hindi, English, Tamil, and Telugu.