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'Stranger Than Fiction' Writer Hired To Pen 'Jumanji' Remake

– by Laura Frances

The Jumanji remake is moving right along. Stranger Than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm has been hired by Columbia to update the script.

The Jumanji remake is a new adaptation of the Chris Van Allsburg book, which was first published in 1981. The original movie, directed by Joe Johnson in 1995, starred Robin Williams and Kirsten Dunst. The film told the story of a board game that came to life as two kids discovered the supernatural game and release a man trapped in there decades earlier. However, by releasing the man, they also set free jungle forces, and end up teaming up with the mysterious man from the game to put an end to the game's powerful magic.

Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler are producing the project, and Ted Field and Mike Weber are serving as executive producers.

There's still no word on who'll be directing, but it's likely that the studio will start talking to candidates soon now that they've got a writer on board.


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