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Why is Hollywood rebooting Jumanji?
Jumanji (1995) - photo by Faith Heaton Jolley
JUMANJI In true Hollywood fashion, another beloved childhood classic is being rebooted, and the release date was announced Wednesday.

The 1995 film was an adaptation of the 1981 childrens book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. Robin Williams and a young Kirsten Dunst starred in the original Jumanji, and although the special effects werent great, it was a fun movie that thousands of millennials grew up loving.

When Williams died in August 2014, he was memorialized for his role as the crazy man from the jungle in Jumanji. So when Sony announced the remake in 2012 with producers Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler at the helm, many were left wondering who they would pick to play Williams' old role as Alan Parrish.

Its no secret that Hollywood loves its sequels, prequels and reboots (dont even get me started on Spider-Man.) According to IMDb, there are more than 100 scheduled remakes of TV shows and films for the next five years, making many question if Hollywood has simply run out of original ideas.

While some reboots have been pretty fantastic, and in my opinion better than the original, (Im looking at you, True Grit,) many left much to be desired. I think weve all learned that better graphics dont guarantee a better movie. However, people obviously like familiarity because most sequels kill it at the box office, as seen with the global box office record set by Universal Pictures after the release of Jurassic World and Furious 7.

Jumanji will be released Dec. 25, 2016.

What do you think of all the recent reboots? Let us know in the comments.
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