Mega-money-making blockbusters are all, seemingly, now set up to birth franchises. Jumanji: The Next Level was no exception to this pattern with a pretty clear hint in its credits scene.
The film made a a worldwide total of $800.1 million, against a production budget of about $125–132m, meaning a sequel was almost inevitable. The next instalment in the franchise is, depending on how you’re counting, either Jumanji 3 or 4.
If you count the original Jumanji in the continuity, we’re looking at Jumanji 4. However, filmmaker Jake Kasdan himself refers to the upcoming sequel as Jumanji 3.
We know, totally confusing. Either way, there’s definitely going to be another movie — here’s what we know so far about the upcoming Jumanji sequel.
Jumanji 4 release date: When can we expect it?
Welcome to the Jungle and The Next Level both received December releases two years apart (December 20, 2017 and December 13, 2019, respectively).
It wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that a fourth Jumanji would aim for a December 2021 release.
The movie is in the very early stages of development though as of April 2020. “We’re just starting to talk about all of that, and the truth is we’ve barely started [on the film],” Kasdan explained.
“We were just getting into the conversation before this global calamity and we will re-engage it as soon as everybody’s settled. We all love working together and we’ve loved making these.”
So December 2021 might be too ambitious for a release, but we’ll hope for the best until it’s confirmed otherwise.
Jumanji 4 cast: Who’s coming back?
A big part of the success of the new movies has been Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black, so we’d be amazed if they weren’t back as their in-game Jumanji characters.
The end of The Next Level (more on that in a bit) means that they might not play as large of a role, but it’s hard to picture a sequel without them.
They’ll be joined by Alex Wolff, Madison Iseman, Ser’Darius Blain and Morgan Turner as the unlucky players, and they could be joined again by Danny DeVito as Spencer’s (Wolff) grandfather Eddie.
Danny Glover could also return as Eddie’s friend Milo, but at the end of The Next Level, he chooses to stay in the game as Cyclone the flying horse. Other likely returns include Nick Jonas and Awkwafina as the other Jumanji avatars Jefferson ‘Seaplane’ McDonough and Ming Fleetfoot, respectively, as well as Colin Hanks as Alex Vreeke.
Could we also see Bebe Neuwirth again as Nora Shepherd? She reprised her role from the original movie for a fun scene at the end of The Next Level, so we hope she’s back for another game.
Jumanji 4 plot: How does The Next Level ending set it up?
So, going back to the ending of The Next Level, the sequel ends with the Jumanji game world coming into the real world, like it did in the original 1995 movie.
That means it’s likely a follow-up will see Spencer and co attempt to solve the problem, and we imagine the solution will lie in them going back into the Jumanji game world to allow for the return of Dr Smolder Bravestone and the other explorers.
This is pure speculation at the moment though and director Jake Kasdan told Digital Spy that he hasn’t planned out a follow-up yet.
“Not much beyond what you can see there [in the credits scene],” he explained when asked if he has the sequel plotted out. “You know, there’s hope that if this one is received in such a way, that we’re having that conversation.”
He also said: “To me, the thing that’s always been most critical when talking about a sequel, first in the first movie and now in the possibility of another sequel is, it would have to be exciting on its own two feet in a way that’s comparable to what the first two were for me.
“I would have to love the idea just as much. So I think there will be a third one and it’s just the earliest days of trying to figure out what that would be.”
Jumanji 4 trailer: When will it land?
It’ll be a while yet of course, since the movie hasn’t even started filming.
If a December 2021 release date guess is correct, we could expect the first trailer in July 2021 as the first trailer for The Next Level arrived on July 1, 2019.