'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' Swaps The Board Game For a Video Game

Jumanji is directed by Jake Kasdan and opens on December 22 Credit: Frank Masi - ©2016 CTMG. All Rights Reserved

It's probably not based on the 1996 'Jumanji' PC game by Studio Interactive

It's probably not based on the 1996 'Jumanji' PC game by Studio Interactive

You probably remember 1995's Jumanji for Robin Williams' perfectly crazed performance and the magical board game it centered around. Yesterday we learned that the reboot, out in December, will update swap a magical board for a video game. 

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black. According to The Hollywood Reporter early footage early footage shown yesterday at Sony's CinemaCon event highlighted four friends finding an old video game console and the game Jumanji, which sends them to the jungle.

"The walls between our reality and entertainment are becoming virtually transparent or invisible. The whole idea behind this movie is that you literally inhabit a game," producer Matt Tolmach told Deadline. "We all think of games as something you play, and then it’s time for dinner, or you need to go to work or do your homework, and you walk away from the game. But if you’re actually in a game, those rules are very different and the stakes of that game become very real."

Funnily enough back in 1996, a year after the original Jumanji there was a fairly awful PC game created by Studio Interactive and Philips Media. It featured cutscenes from the movie and five different mini-games based on popular scenes from the film. In the reviews at the time there were no reports of it having magical powers.