'Jumanji' taps new writers for film reboot

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Cast members (L to R) Bonnie Hunt, Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce from the new film "Jumanji" pose together at a post-premiere party December 10. "Jumanji" is a fantasy/adventure film about forces unleashed after playing a board game. Reuters/Fred Prouser

Three years have passed since Columbia Pictures announced that a reboot version of the 1995 hit film “Jumanji” is underway. The company said that the plan is to reimagine the iconic film and update it to fit the modern day. Today, the studio has tapped a new writer and consultant to rewrite the script.

According to Deadline, Columbia has tapped Scott Rosenberg to write the film. Rosenberg is tasked to adapt the original novel rather than base his screenplay on the 1995 script of the first “Jumanji.”

Rosenberg is known for his flair in combining action-adventure and comedy. He has adapted several novels for both the small and big screen.

Rosenberg’s resume includes “Zoo,” which is based on a novel by James Paterson and Michael Ledwidge. It was picked up by CBS. Rosenberg also wrote and executively produced the show with Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Jeff Pinker.

Rosenberg and Pinker will work together again on “Jumanji,” with Pinker brought on as a consultant for the upcoming reboot. The two will be joined by Ted Field and Mike Weber, who will executively produce the project.

Rosenberg is credited for writing the screenplay of box office hit, "Con Air." He also penned adaptations of “High Fidelity,” which is based on Nick Hornby’s novel of the same title, and “Grasshopper Jungle,” a young adult novel written by Andrew Smith. Rosenberg's other projects include “Gone in Sixty Seconds” and “Disturbing Behavior.”

Pinker, meanwhile, recently joined Paramount’s writer’s room to work on the “Transformers” reboot.

“Jumanji” is an American fantasy adventure film adaptation of the 1981 children’s book of the same title by Chris Van Allsburg. The film starred the late Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde and Bebe Neuwirth.

The “Jumanji” reboot is set for release in 2016 on Christmas day.

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