January 21, 2016


'Jumanji' Remake Pushed Back 7 Months (Just Like 'Star Wars: Episode VIII')

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You aren't alone, broken-hearted Star Wars fans. '90s kids psyched about/fearful of the Jumanji remake will now have to wait an extra seven months—just like we now do for the sequel to The Force Awakens—to find out how it is. The Christmas 2016 release date has been pushed to July 28, 2017.

It's not a surprising move. When we put Jumanji on our 25 Most Anticipated Films of 2016 list on Jan. 8, it still didn't have a director, despite the surely post-production-heavy film being less than a year away. Last week it remedied that, enlisting Jake Kasdan, who wrote and directed Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and helmed Bad Teacher, Sex Tape and episodes of Freaks and Geeks and New Girl.

So it was good that Jumanji got a director, although not a big-enough deal to throw a parade. (Stampede-themed?) Now the delay's a big giant question mark: Did they need the extra time because this thing's such a mess (and is that why it took so long to get a director?) or because they've just extended or expanded or whatevered the remake's vision?

No clue. Meanwhile, the next Spider-Man reboot (re-everythings, forever) was slid up from July 28, 2017 to July 7, 2017, and the next Pirates of the Caribbean got moved from July 7, 2017 to May 26, 2017. But it's hard to feel anything about any of this when we're still being Force-lightning'd by the fact that Star Wars: Episode VIII is coming seven months later than it was supposed to, and now we only have our predictions to hold us in the night.