Footage from the Jumanji reboot Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was shown at Sony’s CinemaCon panel last night, confirming the long-rumored plot detail that the new film is about a magical video game instead of a magical board game. And you all said the movie industry has no new ideas!
The story reportedly follows four high school students who find an old video game console (console unspecified) while cleaning out a dusty closet during detention and are subsequently transported into the world of the game — and into the bodies of stars Kevin Hart, The Rock, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan (Nick Jonas is also in this movie somewhere, TBD). The game is vintage, hence the dust and the magic and being buried in the back of a closet, which is presumably what The Rock meant when he said there was a logical reason for Karen Gillan’s absurd hiking outfit.
Now that I understand the context, I’m absolutely so impressed by the team’s attention to detail and fidelity to the costuming of (I’m guessing) ‘80s video game characters. What would we even be doing here, with our 2017 reboot of a movie about a game that is sentient or haunted and it’s never clear which, if we weren’t getting the crop tops right?
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, directed by Bad Teacher and Sex Tape’s Jake Kasden, will be released in 3D, IMAX, and normal 2D on December 22nd.