Danny DeVito gets sucked into The Rock’s body in the “Jumanji 3: The Next Level”

The first trailer for the sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle takes the crew back to the jungle — except this time, everything has changed.

Despite the team bonding that took place during (and was arguably the point of) the first Jumanji reboot film. It appears that the crew has since grown apart. When Spencer disappears into the game once again, Fridge, Bethany, and Martha make the decision to reenter and attempt to rescue him.

However, something goes wrong in the process: not everyone makes it back into their original avatars. And Spencer’s grandfather (Danny DeVito) and friend, play by Danny Glover, get suck into the game as well. With the new additions, the group has to find Spencer and make their way back out.

The trailer of Jumanji:

The Next Level, a sequel to the 2017 film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and the fourth installment of the Jumanji franchise drop on Monday. In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has been completely change. The nearly 3-minute trailer is a fun ride and it’s a delight to watch the ensemble cast coping up with a chaotic adventure.

The trailer opens up with Spencer (Alex Wolff) trying to fix the game and return to Jumanji, but it gets bust. Following which, his oddball group of friends from the first film goes back to the world of Jumanji to save their friend. Upon their return to Jumanji, they discover that nothing is as they expect. The players will have to brave the unexplored, from the arid deserts to the snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

What Is The Jumanji: The Next Level Rating?

The MPAA has yet to announce an official rating, but it will probably be PG-13. The first Jumanji in 1995 was PG, but this is more of a direct sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, which earned a PG-13 rating in 2017 for “adventure action, suggestive content and some language.”

It’s still early days for Jumanji: The Next Level news, but considering how well Jumanji 2 did, there’s a very high chance they won’t change much about the basics for the 2019 movie. Welcome to the Jungle had a reported budget of around $100 million and the film made nearly $1 billion at the worldwide box office, per Box Office Mojo figures.

It was the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2017 and the 42nd-highest-grossing film of all time. Of that total, $404.5 million came from the domestic box office, and $557.5 million from the foreign box office. No one really saw this coming, since the 1995 Robin Williams movie just made $262.8 million (not adjusted for inflation).

Who Is Writing And Directing Jumanji: The Next Level?

If it ain’t broke… As suggested in the previous entry, the second Jumanji film was such a hit that Sony is bringing back the major players for Jumanji 3.

According to Deadline, Sony asked Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner back to write a sequel, with Jake Kasdan returning to direct and help shape the story. Matt Tolbach will be producing, along with the Seven Bucks Production team of Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia, and Hiram Garcia.

Production Weekly (via MovieWeb) said Jumanji 3 was scheduled to start production January 21, and it wrapped in May 2019. Jumanji 2 filmed in Hawaii and Georgia, but Jumanji: The Next Level not only filmed in the usual jungles of Hawaii, the cast went to snow-capped mountains and also the desert, for new levels of the game.

What Is The Plot of Jumanji: The Next Level?

The trailer for Jumanji: The Next Level showed Spencer ended up back in the game, with the rest of the original high school crew heading back in to get him. Spencer’s grandfather (Danny DeVito) and grandfather’s friend Milo Walker (Danny Glover) both got stuck in the game. That with them — playing The Rock and Kevin Hart’s avatars, respectively — adding a new level of hilarity. Back in June, Dwayne Johnson shared a photo from a development meeting, teasing just this on the plot:

He just loves to mess with Kevin Hart! The four high school teens of Welcome to the Jungle left the film as newfound friends, and they destroyed the game in the end. But, since we’re dealing with fantasy and magic, no one should’ve expected the game to truly be destroyed. Jumanji 2 had some alternate endings that were discarded, THR reports, and it’s possible the filmmakers will dip back into that well at some point.

Some of the actors shared ideas for the sequel.

Jack Black said he wanted to head into space for an origin story. He wants to know where the game comes from, and who invented it, figuring it must be alien technology or from some “crazy jungle medicine man magic.” Karen Gillan added that she’d like to see a really old man choose her avatar, Ruby Roundhouse. So she could go from playing an introverted teen in Welcome to the Jungle to channeling the mannerisms of an old man.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017) was a direct sequel to the 1995 hit Jumanji, which starred Robin Williams. In Welcome to the Jungle, the game upgraded from just a dice board game. The film dominated the box office and went on to rake in over $962 million.

With high box office stakes, Jake Kasdan’s directorial Jumanji: The Next Level will hit theaters on December 13, 2019.

INFO:

Rating: PG-13 (for adventure action, suggestive content and some language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Drama, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: Jake Kasdan
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Madison Iseman
Written By: Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner
In Theaters: Dec 20, 2017 Wide
On Disc/Streaming: Mar 20, 2018
Box Office: $393,201,353
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures

Matthew Rozsa
It strikes the balance between referencing its nostalgic origins without being obnoxious or obsequious in doing so.

Kevin Maher
Yet another needless reboot searching for a reason to exist.

Cath Clarke
Mostly great fun, with Jack Black outrageously entertaining as a teenage girl. But we need to talk about Karen. As Ruby Roundhouse, Gillan is stuck in less clothes than one of Rihanna’s backing dancers.

David Edelstein
The movie has amusingly broad performances; good, bloodless scares … and self-empowering life lessons too bland to be specious. You could do far worse.

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