'Jumanji' Remake To Be Written By Zach Helm

Screenwriter Zach Helm (Stranger than Fiction) has been tapped to pen the remake of Jumanji.  If you've been living under a rock, then you probably don't know that Jumanji was a gigantically successful 1995 film starring Robin Williams and a young Kirsten Dunst.
Zach Helm, who garnered acclaim for penning Stranger Than Fiction, has been tapped to write Columbia’s reimagining of Jumanji.
Matt Tolmach is the producing the project, which is a new adaptation of the Chris Van Allsburg book. The tome, first published in 1981, was previously a 1995 movie directed by Joe Johnston that starred Robin Wiliams and Kirsten Dunst.
The movie, blending light comedy and family adventure, told of a board game come to life as two kids discover the supernatural game and release a man trapped in there decades earlier. They also unleash jungle forces and must team up with the man to quell the game’s powerful magic.
The 2005 Jon Favreau-directed film Zathura was a sequel of sorts. Word of a remake came early this summer when Sony execs said they were developing the project as “an update for the present."
Source: The Hollywood Reporter