Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Says 'Jumanji' Reboot Will Honor Robin Williams

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"Here's another fun part ... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now five," the actor writes.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is thrilled to star in the reboot of the 1995 adventure film Jumanji, and he promised fans that the earlier film's star, the late Robin Williams, will be honored in the new movie. 

Johnson made the pledge Tuesday in a lengthy post on his Instagram account.

"The love and respect I have for this man is boundless," Johnson wrote of Williams. "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."

Johnson has something in mind for the honoring of Williams, but he did not want to give anything away, he wrote. 

Williams died in 2014 at the age of 63. 

In his post, Johnson also recalled meeting Williams for the first time years ago. 

"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," Johnson wrote. "He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road."

Johnson said the ball is rolling for the Sony Pictures' reboot as he recently had an "excellent meeting" with director Jake Kasdan and producer Matt Tolmach. 

The script will be written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, based on a draft by the original writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.

Besides starring in the reboot, Johnson is also a producer on the film. 

"Here's another fun part ... in the original movie there were three big roles," Johnson wrote. "In our new story there's now five. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world."

The movie is scheduled for a July 28, 2017 release.

 

And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. 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. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI

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