Actor Dwyane Johnson starred in the billion-dollar sequel to Robin Williams’ Jumanji in 2017.
The actor reprised his role in Jumanji: The Next Level and promised that there would be another film in the franchise.
However, there have been no developments regarding the franchise even after four years.
Dwayne Johnson has many blockbusters up his sleeve to make him one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood. The wrestler-turned-actor has starred in major franchises such as the Fast and Furious series and in his short-lived DCEU stint in Black Adam. Johnson has also made many standalone films such as Red Notice, Rampage, and Skyscraper.
One of Johnson’s most memorable franchises is the adventure comedy series Jumanji, in which he stars along with Kevin Hart, Jack Black, and Karen Gillan. The franchise has had three films in total, with Johnson promising fans that there would be one final film in the series which began in 1995. However, there has been no news regarding a fourth film.
Dwayne Johnson In The Jumanji Franchise
The Jumanji franchise was based on the epic children’s novel written by Chris Van Allsburg. The first film was released in 1995 and starred Robin Williams as the protagonist Alan Parrish, a boy who gets stuck inside the board game Jumanji while playing and then comes out years later as an adult. The film was a success, earning over $262 million against a $62 million budget.
While there were plans to develop a sequel, Robin Williams passed on the project and Sony Pictures decided to focus on Zathura: A Space Adventure instead, which was the sequel in the novel series. In 2016, a sequel/reboot to Jumanji was announced with Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart to star. The announcement was criticized by many as they felt it came too soon after Williams’ death.
There were also fears that the sequel was unnecessary and would ruin the legacy of the original. However, upon release, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle was well-received and was also commercially successful. Johnson announced later that a threequel was underway. He said in an Instagram post,
“On DECEMBER 13th, 2019 – the game is not over. I hold JUMANJI very close to my heart and I’m beyond grateful you made our movie into the global juggernaut ($1BILLION+) it became. Can’t wait for you to see what our new adventure & new characters have in store as Christmas comes early.”
The third film Jumanji: The Next Level also opened to positive reviews and earned over $801 million at the box office. Johnson mentioned that a sequel was in development.
Where Is Dwayne Johnson’s Jumanji Threequel?
Although Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is billed as a sequel to the 1995 original, it is often considered a reboot as there is little to no connection between the two films. Hence, the film is widely known as the first film in a new series, with Jumanji: The Next Level being the sequel.
Dwayne Johnson revealed in a post after the release of the sequel that actor Rory McCann’s character Jurgen the Brutal is actually a playable character. Jurgen is the final boss in the game, who fights the gang at the end. Johnson revealed in a post that the sequel would explore more about the mystery man who was playing Jurgen. He said,
“Cool plot twist about JURGEN (for those who caught it) is he’s an actual avatar in the game. Meaning – SOMEONE is playing him. But who? That’s the big mystery. In the next JUMANJI, we’ll find out just who’s been playing the JURGEN THE BRUTE.”
There have been no official announcements about the threequel although director Jake Kasdan has stated on multiple occasions that a fourth film was in development. In 2023, Kevin Hart stated that he and Dwayne Johnson were talking about a final film as a duo and one of them could be Jumanji 4.