It is being said that the tremendous success enjoyed by Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has convinced Sony Pictures to move forward with a sequel.
According to a new report from Variety earlier today, director Jake Kasdan and producer Matt Tolmach are set to return for the project.
The original cast will also be reprising their roles with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Kevin Hart as Moose Finbarr, Jack Black as Professor Shelly Oberon, and Karen Gillan as Ruby Roadhouse. This only leaves the writers Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner to finish their talks and get on-board for the sequel as well.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle hit theaters in December and has managed to gross more than $857 million worldwide in the box office. The numbers are three times that of its predecessor, which starred the late Robin Williams and earned around $262 million worldwide back in 1995.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was the seventh-highest earning movie last year and the second-highest grosser for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It dominated the domestic box office for three weeks in a row, pushing the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi down the charts.
There is no word on when the third installment in the enchanted board-game franchise will begin production but it is possible that the sequel will lock horns with the new Star Wars: Episode IX next year. The current numbers will definitely give Sony Pictures the confidence to pull off another hit.