The Rock Says His Jumanji Remake Will Honor Robin Williams In Earnest And Cool Way

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Sony's new Jumanji movie has been dubbed a remake every since it was announced, but today, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson — who is producing and will star alongside his Central Intelligence co-star Kevin Hart — hinted that it will be a loose sequel to the 1995 film. How so? There's a plan to pay tribute to Robin Williams and the character he played in the original, Alan Parrish.

"An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams," Johnson wrote. "The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road."

Aside from the Williams's tribute, Johnson says his "re-imagining" of Jumanji will include five lead roles, announce members of the cast this week, and will adhere closer to the source material — Chris Van Allsburg's 1981 children's book of the same name.

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Jumanji will swing into theaters  on July 28, 2017.

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