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Don't Worry, The Rock Will Honor Robin Williams In 'Jumanji' Reboot

"I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud."

For any kid who grew up in the '90s, "Jumanji" on VHS was a sacred object deserving of the utmost reverence and monthly screenings. So, when news broke that the classic adventure film would receive the reboot treatment, longtime fans were understandably protective of the film's legacy. 

But Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who is attached to produce and star in the project, took to Instagram on Monday to reassure all who hold "Jumanji" near and dear that the reboot would pay tribute to the original and, of course, the late Robin Williams

"An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless," he captioned a photo of himself holding up a copy of Jumanji, the picture book. "You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of 'Alan Parrish' will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud."

And the #JUMANJI magic begins. Excellent meeting with our director Jake Kasdan, producer Matt Tolmach, and our @SevenBucksProd team to work on our new re-imagining of this amazing story. I felt like in order to craft something cool we should begin where it all started. Award winning writer Chris Van Allsburg's source material of JUMANJI. Chris also wrote THE POLAR EXPRESS (later adapted by Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks) and has a very special & magical way of storytelling. I'm feelin' good and confident stepping into these shoes as a producer as well as actor to bring you something great that you and your entire fam can enjoy. An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams. The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of "Alan Parrish" will stand alone and be forever immortalized in the world of JUMANJI in an earnest and cool way. I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud. I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot that couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh. But that's for another fun story down the road. We got a great team assembled already over at our home base of SONY and now we build from here. Here's another fun part... in the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world. Should have cool casting announcements this week. Will keep you posted. #TheMagicBegins #JustPressStart #JUMANJI

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Williams, who died in 2014, played the film's protagonist, a man trapped in the board game for 26 years. According to Johnson, the two once crossed paths, causing the former wrestler to regress into "a star struck bumbling idiot."

"I also think Robin is somewhere lookin' down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage," Johnson wrote. "[I] couldn't even get my words out. Idiot. He literally calmed me down w/ that smile and laugh."

Although he promised to honor the spirit of the original film, the Instagram note also hints at some major changes to the "Jumanji" story, with Johnson promising to reveal some casting announcements for the film later this week. 

"In the original movie there were three big roles. In our new story there's now FIVE. Been so damn cool to see all my actor buddies push their projects aside so hopefully they can come play in our world."

You know what? We're cool just as long as they bring back the psychotic monkeys. OK?

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