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Initial post: Jul 19, 2012 6:19:37 PM PDT

Columbia Pictures (which is owned by Sony Pictures) President Doug Belgrad recently said what the future might hold for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but he also provided some updates on the studio's other major projects. To begin, you may want to break out your favorite jungle-themed board game because the studio is considering a Jumanji reboot. Speaking to THR, Belgrad says "We're going to try and re-imagine Jumanji and update it for the present." Translation: the game will now end when someone lands on the final space and screams "Jumanji!" at their iPad. I'm not exactly sure how one re-imagines the strikingly simple premise of Jumanji. You play a board game, bad things happen. It's like the Final Destination of family fun.

Hit the jump for what Sony has planned for sequels to Men in Black 3 and 21 Jump Street.

Unsurprisingly, Sony hopes they can keep the Men in Black franchise going for as long as possible. Although Men in Black 3 gives them a nice opening for a reboot (set the new movies in the 1960s/70s with Josh Brolin and Alice Eve as the protagonists), that model wouldn't include Will Smith. However, Belgrad doesn't make any mention of Smith when speaking to THR about the franchise's future:

We're very pleased with the financial performance of Men in Black 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We're going to do [another one], but we don't have clarity yet on how it should be done.

How it should be done: Make sure the script is finished before you start shooting.

Finally, Belgrad says that with the sequel to 21 Jump Street, "we plan to start shooting in the fall." If so, that's a remarkably fast turnaround. It's possible that the players could reshuffle their schedules, but it would make for a tight shooting on 21 Jump Street 2. Channing Tatum is already set to lead the big action flick White House Down and Jonah Hill is co-starring in Martin Scorsese`s The Wolf of Wall Street. Both movies are due to begin filming next month. Tatum's also got a slew of other films lined-up, but it's possible he could re-shuffle his schedule. As for directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, while they're not officially on board to return, The Playlist points out that the duo isn't completely bogged down with LEGO: The Piece of Resistance just yet. Speaking to The Playlist, Miller said:

"The plan is that after the summer, once we've got the story more locked and the designs more complete, then the crew that's here in Santa Monica moves to Australia and we stay behind and hopefully we will have enough bandwidth to prep a live action movie while spending a lot of time, everyday, noodling..."

However, getting the sequel to 21 Jump Street in front of cameras in the next several months seems incredibly rushed, and my hope is that Belgrad misspoke and meant next fall. 21 Jump Street is one of my favorite movies this year, and while I'd be happy to see a sequel, I'd rather see it done well than done fast.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2012 6:23:19 PM PDT
Don't know how accurate it is, but on Wikipedia it has a June 2013 release date for the sequel to 21 Jump Street.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 6:31:53 PM PDT
mister_man says:
Wow, those are ALL sequels NOBODY ever asked for. Those movies always come out when there's nothing else better to watch in theater's, so that's why they net a decent/great profit. But truth is, they're all pretty underwhelming franchises.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 6:55:38 PM PDT
Pick 34 says:
If the rock is starring in jumanjii, I'm going to be pissed.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 7:07:32 PM PDT
Donkey Punch says:
Why the hell would you remake Jumaji?!? The movie is perfect already.

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 7:32:46 PM PDT
alas the age of unoriginality.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2012 7:58:23 PM PDT
JJ4prez says:
He's a great actor actually.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 12:13:22 AM PDT
PlanetHell says:
I would only like to see Jumanji if they would go back to the book and be sure to include basically all they missed, like the snakes, and the bees. In other words, their is plently they made up for the original, and plently they didn't use. if they could give it a different atmosphere, and use new elements and not the same ones over, I would certainly watch. It really should just be "Jumanji 2" but a reboot would probably bring in more dollars. I would not care if Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was in the lead, or if he played the hunter character with a more updated setting/weapon.

No ipads and standing on spaces though, this is not harry potter chess and ipad's are just idiocy to be used in this context.

All of the other sequels in talk should be scrapped, only Amazing Spider-Man 2 with Venom, Carnage, Electro, or the Rhino should be made. I would love to see Electro take center stage for once, but the Rhino with a return of Curt Connors and Hobgoblin could work out. As long as we get a little more action since it is 2 not 1 and it does not try to bore us to death like the original Spider-Man 2...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 2:23:58 AM PDT
Anthony says:
he is a pretty good actor. i admit i first watched his movies because i was a fairly big wrestling fan at the time, but he is actually pretty damn good.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 2:55:39 AM PDT
Nicos says:
Honestly, why a reboot of Jumanji? I mean as others have mentioned, you just have some different kids find the board game at a garage sale or their grandma's attic or something and then just use new animals and situations that weren't in the first movie. Bam, easy sequel.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 4:36:20 AM PDT
Pick 34 says:
I know, there were all sorts of spaces they didn't land on. I loved the first, it'll always be the best to me, but they could make countless sequels to it.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 4:50:12 AM PDT
Phranctoast says:
I thought Zathura was the reimagined Jumanji.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 4:57:48 AM PDT
Pick 34 says:
That movie was nowhere near as good.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 5:43:44 AM PDT
PacinoBully says:
I'm pissed that you consider The Rock a star.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 6:02:47 AM PDT
JWK says:
Men in Black *4*? Was the third one even good?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 6:05:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 26, 2012 6:07:22 AM PDT
....You mean like how the 1995 Jumanji movie was entirely original?

Having said that....It definitely doesn't need another remake.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 6:32:07 AM PDT
Pick 34 says:
You don't smell what the rock is cookin'?

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 6:55:42 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 26, 2012 7:03:02 AM PDT
Jumanji should not be touched. That was a classic in it's own right. Unless it is a sequel with Robin Williams starring leave it alone. Darn you, Hollwood!!! 21 Jump Street was okay. Wasn't the greatest thing I've ever seen as most claim it to be.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 26, 2012 6:56:32 AM PDT
It was actually. It far exceeded the 2nd movie and nearly the feeling of the original.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 7:03:21 AM PDT
SMH says:
I agree that Jumanji doesn't need a reboot, but I'll watch it. Who knows, they may find a way to improve it. It doesn't matter how perfect anyone thinks a movie is, if done right it can always be made better. This is especially true for movies like this that can benefit greatly from technological advances in film.

Never saw MIB 3, but plan to at some point. I don't expect much out of these movies but they are entertaining and that's what movies should be.

I've never seen the original 21 Jump Street series. I thought the movie would be stupid, and it was in some ways, but there was a ton more funny one liners than I expected, so I'll take a sequel I guess.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2012 9:49:47 PM PDT
PlanetHell says:
Zathura was based on a story by the same author who wrote Jumanji. In the story it is found underneath Jumanji. The movie wasn't bad but it could've been better and the brothers constant fighting got annoying.
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