JUMANJI THE NEXT LEVEL
2019 | COMEDY, ACTION
In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave parts unknown and unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.
Star/producer Dwayne Johnson announced the current Jumanji 3 release date on Instagram back in June 2018:
On DECEMBER 13th, 2019 – the game is not over.
Jumanji: The Next Level is currently scheduled for release on December 13, 2019. That gives it exactly one week before Star Wars: Episode IX takes over the box office. Jumanji has faced Star Wars in a showdown before, when Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opened on December 20, 2017, just after Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Considering that both films picked up piles of money in 2017, there will still probably be room for both of them at the 2019 box office.
I hold JUMANJI very close to my heart and I’m beyond grateful you made our movie into the global juggernaut ($1BILLION+) it became.
Can’t wait for you to see what our new adventure & new characters have in store as Christmas comes early.
And once again, I get to slap @kevinhart4real’s lip’s into next week. The world is happy.
What Is The Jumanji: The Next Level Rating?
The MPAA has yet to announce an official rating, but it will probably be PG-13. The first Jumanji in 1995 was PG, but this is more of a direct sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which earned a PG-13 rating in 2017 for “adventure action, suggestive content and some language.”
It’s still early days for Jumanji: The Next Level news, but considering how well Jumanji 2 did, there’s a very high chance they won’t change much about the basics for the 2019 movie. Welcome to the Jungle had a reported budget of around $100 million and the film made nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office, per Box Office Mojo figures. It was the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2017 and the 42nd-highest-grossing film of all time. Of that total, $404.5 million came from the domestic box office, and $557.5 million from the foreign box office. No one really saw this coming, since the 1995 Robin Williams movie just made $262.8 million (not adjusted for inflation).
Who Is Writing And Directing Jumanji: The Next Level?
If it ain’t broke… As suggested in the previous entry, the second Jumanji film was such a hit that Sony is bringing back the major players for Jumanji 3. According to Deadline, Sony asked Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner back to write a sequel, with Jake Kasdan returning to direct and help shape the story. Matt Tolbach will be producing, along with the Seven Bucks Production team of Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia.
Production Weekly (via MovieWeb) said Jumanji 3 was scheduled to start production January 21, and it wrapped in May 2019. Jumanji 2 filmed in Hawaii and Georgia, but Jumanji: The Next Level not only filmed in the usual jungles of Hawaii, the cast went to snow-capped mountains and also the desert, for new levels of the game.
What Is The Plot of Jumanji: The Next Level?
The trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level showed Spencer ended up back in the game, with the rest of the original high school crew heading back in to get him. Spencer’s grandfather (Danny DeVito) and grandfather’s friend Milo Walker (Danny Glover) both got stuck in the game with them — playing The Rock and Kevin Hart’s avatars, respectively — adding a new level of hilarity. Back in June, Dwayne Johnson shared a photo from a development meeting, teasing just this on the plot:
He just loves to mess with Kevin Hart! The four high school teens of Welcome to the Jungle left the film as newfound friends, and they destroyed the game in the end. But, since we’re dealing with fantasy and magic, no one should’ve expected the game to truly be destroyed. Jumanji 2 had some alternate endings that were discarded, THR reports, and it’s possible the filmmakers will dip back into that well at some point.
Some of the actors shared ideas for the sequel. Jack Black said he wanted to head into space for an origin story. He wants to know where the game comes from, and who invented it, figuring it must be alien technology or from some “crazy jungle medicine man magic.” Karen Gillan added that she’d like to see a really old man choose her avatar, Ruby Roundhouse, so she could go from playing an introverted teen in Welcome to the Jungle to channeling the mannerisms of an old man
What Characters Are Returning For Jumanji: The Next Level?
Here’s what we know: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas will return. In Jumanji 2, they played the respective avatars Smolder Bravestone, Sheldon Oberon, Franklin Finbar, Ruby Roundhouse, and Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough.
Back in August, /FILM talked to director Jake Kasdan and asked if the same kids would play a new game of Jumanji (despite thinking they destroyed it). Kasdan said they were busy figuring all of that out. He did say he believed it would be a continuation of Jumanji as a video game, rather than the board game of the first film.
Dwayne Johnson As Dr. Smolder Bravestone
The Rock’s game avatar, Smolder Bravestone, plays to his literal strengths. He’s a confident and clearly very muscular archaeologist and international explorer. In Jumanji 2, Dwayne Johnson got to play against type when the person playing his avatar was nerdy, allergy-prone Brantford High School student Spencer. Playing strong Dr. Bravestone helped Spencer develop his own confidence and leadership skills. The first trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level showed Spencer’s grandpa Eddie (Danny DeVito) ended up taking on the Bravestone avatar.
Jack Black As Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon
Jack Black had a fun role in Welcome to the Jungle as Professor Sheldon Oberon. His cartographer was played by popular, self-absorbed pretty girl Bethany, who was not expecting to be Black’s “overweight middle aged man” when she picked the avatar descriptor “curvy genius” when deciding to play the game. But, her character evolved over the course of the adventure. Hopefully Jack Black gets to continue to stretch his comedic chops in Jumanji 3. This time, as the Jumanji: The Next Level trailer showed, “Fridge” ends up in the “old, fat dude” avatar.
Well, it depends what you mean by “first”. In the original 1995 Jumanji (which starred the late Robin Williams) a board game came to life and captured a young boy called Alan for decades in its world, only releasing him when two new players tried the game and unleashed jungle-based hazards with every turn.
In the 2017 reboot/sequel, four kids in detention called Spencer, Fridge, Martha and Bethany (played by Wolff, Blain, Turner and Iseman) were pulled into an updated, 1990s-esque videogame version of Jumanji (the game having reinvented itself), becoming stereotypical game characters and forced to battle the evil Van Pelt (Bobby Cannavale) until they eventually won their way out of the game.
What’s the story of Jumanji: The Next Level??
Based on the trailer it looks like the four kids have drifted apart again, causing Spencer to try and repair the Jumanji game (which they destroyed at the end of the first film) to somehow reconnect the group.
Instead, Spencer disappears and his friends are pulled back into the game – but it now appears to be malfunctioning, casting Spencer’s grandfather (DeVito) in Spencer’s former character of Dr Bravestone (Johnson) and fellow pensioner Milo (Danny Glover) as diminutive zoologist Mouse Finbar. Cue plenty of Devito and Glover impressions from Johnson and Hart….
Fridge, meanwhile, is placed in the body of Jack Black’s Shelly Oberon, and Bethany and Spencer are nowhere to be found as a new, more challenging Jumanji quest begins.
Jake Kasdan & Jeff Pinkner & Scott Rosenberg
BASED ON THE BOOK JUMANJI BY Chris Van Allsburg
Chris Van Allsburg
with Danny Glover and Danny DeVito