Get ready to go back into the game, Sony Pictures is returning to the world of Jumanji.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group Chairman Tom Rothman announced during a presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that the studio will debut a sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle in December 2019. The Dwayne Johnson, Karan Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart-starring film was a hit for Sony in 2017 as it’s more than $956 million worldwide box office made it the most successful film in Sony’s history.
“I’d bet on seeing Dwayne Johnson in theaters again in December 2019. Don’t rush to give all those screens to Star Wars,” Rothman said. “Come on, fair’s fair.”
No date was given but the quip from Rothman about Star Wars seems to clearly indicate that Jumanji 3, as both these films are connected to the 1995 Robin Williams classic Jumanji, will possibly be going head-to-head with J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode IX next December.
There was also no full confirmation of a returning cast, but the mention of Johnson makes it seem pretty clear that the studio wants to continue to use the cast from their successful film. Johnson has Jungle Cruise, Black Adam and his Fast and the Furious spinoff to film all sometime soon making it uncertain where filming of this sequel will fit in but with this announcement, it seems that Sony has likely figured that all out.