Stranger Than Fiction screenwriter Zach Helm has been hired to write the script for the Jumanji remake set up at Columbia Pictures. The movie is based on the 1981 book written by Chris Van Allsburg, it was adapted into a film in 1995, it was directed by Joe Johnston and starred Robin Wiliams and Kirsten Dunst.
I loved the original film when I saw it growing up, it was just a really fun adventure story. It follows the adventure of two kids who start playing a supernatural board game in which elements of it come to life and invade our world. They end up releasing a man who was trapped in the game decades earlier. They team up and work together to try and finish the game so that things go back to normal. The studio obviously wants to make an updated version of the family film for a new, younger generation of movie goers.
Robin Williams was awesome in the first movie. He was able to bring that childlike wonder to the adult character he played. Tom Hanks did the same thing in the movie Big. It's hard to say what actor could possibly take on that role and pull it off in the remake. I guess if they want to go with an A-lister I could see someone like Ryan Reynolds, but who would your suggestion be?