Kevin Hart has a promising update on the fourth installment of the Jumanji film series, four years after the premiere of the third entry.
During an interview with Variety on the Oscars’ red carpet, Hart was asked when next he is teaming up with frequent collaborator Dwayne Johnson. In response, the Grammy Awards nominee revealed that he spoke to Johnson a few days prior and stated that they will have to "do it soon." He further revealed that they have "the ball rolling" on some big ideas.
Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson have been talking about doing another #Jumanji movie. https://t.co/K9nuU8Gb8S pic.twitter.com/9kvupVBq6R
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The 43-year-old also touched on their next project, Jumanji, stating, "We’re talking about, of course, another Jumanji. That’s been a conversation. Just figuring out the thing that can act as what would or could be the final chapter of he and I. We feel like we need something big to put our duo to an end and not just leave it undone. Like something that we can say, ’This is going to be our last and final movie.’"
The Think Like a Man actor went on to state that he and Johnson might be involved in another franchise, although they are still thinking about it.
Hart’s comments on Jumanji echo producer Hiram Garcia’s 2022 revelation that the film will definitely happen. Garcia also stated that they have a take on what the next film will be about.
While there is no plot detail for Jumanji 4, a post-credits scene in Jumanji: The Next Level suggests that the next film will flip the previous two installments on their heads and see the game’s characters transported to the real world instead of the other way round.
Hart and Johnson first teamed up in the 2016 action comedy film Central Intelligence. Since then, they have teamed up on four other projects, including the animation DC League of Super-Pets.
The first Jumanji film, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, was released in 2017 as an indirect sequel to the 1995 film Jumanji. The film had a successful run at the box office, grossing almost a billion dollars against a $150 million budget. The film’s performance inspired the 2019 sequel, Jumanji: The Next Level, which was also a box office hit and, in turn, inspired Jumanji 4.
Apart from Johnson and Hart, Jumanji 4 will reportedly see Jack Black, Karen Gillan, and Nick Jonas reprise their roles from Jumanji: The Next Level. Like its predecessors, the film will be directed by Jake Kasdan as soon as he finishes working on Red One, an Amazon holiday action-adventure film, that coincidentally stars Johnson and Chris Evans. Also, Hiram Garcia will return to produce.
Earlier reports about the film stated that work will begin on it after Kasdan finishes Red One. However, that film is not set to premiere until December 2023, although it has already wrapped up filming. Given this fact, work on Jumanji 4 might not begin anytime soon, which means that fans still have a few years to wait for it to arrive in theaters.