Jumanji is one of the most popular and successful adventure comedy franchises in Hollywood, with four movies released so far and a fifth one in development. The latest installment, Jumanji: The Next Level, was a huge hit at the box office, grossing over $800 million worldwide. Fans are eagerly waiting for the next sequel, which promises to bring more fun, action, and surprises to the big screen. Here is everything you need to know about Jumanji 4.
Overview of the Jumanji franchise
The Jumanji franchise is based on the 1981 children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg, which tells the story of a magical board game that transports its players to a jungle world full of dangers and challenges. The first movie adaptation, Jumanji, was released in 1995, starring Robin Williams as Alan Parrish, a man who was trapped in the game for 26 years and freed by two kids who find the game in his old house. The movie was a critical and commercial success, spawning a sequel, Zathura: A Space Adventure, in 2005, which was also based on a book by Van Allsburg and featured a similar premise but with a sci-fi twist.
The franchise was revived in 2017 with Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which updated the concept by turning the board game into a video game console that sucked four teenagers into its virtual world, where they had to play as different avatars portrayed by Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan. The movie was a surprise hit, earning rave reviews and becoming one of the highest-grossing films of all time. The sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level, followed in 2019, with the same cast returning along with new additions such as Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, Awkwafina, and Nick Jonas. The movie continued the story of the four friends who had to return to the game to rescue one of them, but with new levels, characters, and challenges.
Why Jumanji 4 is highly anticipated
Jumanji 4 is one of the most anticipated movies in Hollywood for several reasons. First of all, it is a continuation of a beloved and successful franchise that has entertained millions of fans around the world with its blend of humor, action, adventure, and heart. Secondly, it has a stellar cast of talented and charismatic actors who have great chemistry and comedic timing on screen. Thirdly, it has a creative and innovative premise that allows for endless possibilities and surprises in terms of plot, setting, genre, and gameplay. Fourthly, it has a loyal and passionate fan base that is eager to see more of their favorite characters and their adventures in the game world.
The plot of Jumanji 4 is still under wraps, but we can expect it to follow up on the cliffhanger ending of Jumanji: The Next Level, which showed Spencer’s mom (Marin Hinkle) and an unsuspecting heating mechanic getting accidentally sucked into the game console, while some of the jungle animals escaped into the real world ¹. This suggests that Jumanji 4 will feature both an inside-the-game storyline and an outside-the-game storyline, similar to the original Jumanji movie. It also implies that there will be more crossover between the two worlds, as well as more interaction between the avatars and their real-life counterparts.
Some predictions and rumors surrounding the plot include:
– The return of Alex (Nick Jonas), who was absent from most of Jumanji: The Next Level due to his wife’s pregnancy ².
– The introduction of new avatars or characters that will be played by new or existing cast members ³.
– The exploration of different genres or themes within the game world, such as horror, sci-fi, western, or musical
– The possibility of time travel or alternate realities within the game world .
– The involvement of Van Pelt (Bobby Cannavale), the villain from Jumanji:
-Kirsten Dunst is set to reprise her role as Judy Shepherd in the upcoming Jumanji 4
Welcome to the Jungle who was seemingly killed by Spencer (Alex Wolff) at the end of that movie
Jumanji 4 Release Date
The release date of Jumanji 4 is not confirmed yet, but some sources speculate that it could be in 2024 or 2025. The production of Jumanji 4 is waiting for the director Jake Kasdan to finish his work on another movie, Red One.
Kevin Hart gives a promise update regards the next ‘JUMANJI’ sequel: “We’re going to have to do it soon. I talked to [The Rock] the day before yesterday. Right now, we got the ball rolling on some big ideas.”
— Variety (@Variety) March 13, 2023