'Jumanji' release date, news: The Rock explains why film\'s premiere was moved to Christmas 2017


It looks like the “Jumanji” is going delayed on purpose, it seems. Actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to Instagram last week and explained why the film would come out on Christmas 2017, instead of earlier that summer.

“We were always slated to be released summer of 2017, but after months of shooting and editing our movie together, we realized we have a huge family franchise on our hands, that’s full of Christmas wish fulfillment, fun and heart. Like so many of us, it’s my FAVORITE time of the year and I LUV delivering holiday entertainment.”

Johnson’s post managed to put a positive spin on the delay. It was previously reported that “Jumanji” was pushed back due to the domino effect caused by Sony’s recent release date reshuffle. The film adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” will now come out on July 28, 2017, the original premiere date of “Jumanji.” And as a result of this, the film was pushed back to Dec. 22, 2017.

Adam Holmes of CinemaBlend noted that while most blockbuster movies come out in summer when school is out, films released during the holiday season have also been successful in recent years. Take “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” for example. Well, the bad news is “Jumanji” has to go head-to-head with “Star Wars: Episode VIII” when it comes out next year.

Besides Johnson, the film will also star Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Ser’Darius Blane. Reports say that Johnson, Hart, Black, and Gillan will be portraying Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Moose Finbarr, Professor Shelly Oberon, and Ruby Roundhouse, respectively. The four characters are actually the avatars of the four students playing the Jumanji board game while in detention and their mission is to find a certain jewel.

Jake Kasdan is directing the movie, while Scott Rosenberg wrote the screenplay for “Jumanji.”