As an interesting fact, the film’s IMDB page actually officially refers to the movie as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and not Jumanji 2. This could just be creative titling, though it may also be a signal explaining that the film is more of a reboot or reworking of an old classic, especially since the catalyst for the movie’s adventure is a video game, not a board game.
— Jumanji (@jumanjimovie) June 28, 2017
This distinction upends the source material in a new and modern way, allowing a distinction between the film and its beginnings. Chris Van Allsburg, who wrote the original children’s book Jumanji also penned the book Zathura, which also involved a dangerous board game which created real life consequences when played. Zathura also spawned a film, starring a young Kristen Stewart and Josh Hutcherson, as well as Dax Shepard.
For those who are excited for more Jumanji material, the teaser promises a new trailer tomorrow. The film will be released on December 20 of the this year, almost exactly twenty two years after the original film’s debut.