Jumanji Sequel Set To Do Battle With Star Wars IX
Following the unexpectedly massive success of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Sony are fast-tracking a follow-up and have set their eyes on a December 2019 release date that will see it lock horns with Star Wars once again.
You could have been forgiven for assuming that the new Jumanji movie was asking for trouble by opening five days after Star Wars The Last Jedi. However, the surprisingly enjoyable exploits of Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan proved to have staying power at the box office. After three solid weeks, Jumanji toppled The Last Jedi for the US number one spot and at the time of writing has amassed a global total of almost $800 million. Jumanji won't reach the same domestic or worldwide total as The Last Jedi, but considering Jumanji cost less than half of The Last Jedi's production budget; Sony has every reason to celebrate just as hard as Disney.
It's no secret that Sony's movie division hasn't been doing that well for quite some time. The lack of blockbusters and other poor decision led to Sony Entertainment posting a write-down of $962 million at the beginning of 2017. Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880 million) and Jumanji are significant steps in the right direction for Sony, so it is understandable that the studio is keen to build on those two hit properties.
There's no word yet on if the main cast from Welcome To The Jungle will return, but it difficult to imagine Sony not wanting to lock Johnson, Black, Hart, and Gillan down as soon as possible. The biggest obstacle to overcome will be Dwayne Johnson's schedule, as at last count he was starring in all the movies.
Meanwhile, J.J Abrams returns to close out the new trilogy with the as yet untitled Star Wars Episode IX set for release on December 20, 2019.