|Directed by||:||Joe Johnston||Produced by||:||Scott Kroopf, William Teitler||Story by||:||Greg Taylor, Jim Strain, Chris Van Allsburg||Based on||:||Jumanji, by Chris Van Allsburg||Starring||:||Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth||Production company||:||Interscope Communications, Teitler Film||Country||:||United States|
Jumanji 2 is a 2017 American adventure comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner, from a story by McKenna. It is a part of the Jumanji franchise, serving as a sequel to Jumanji (1995), which is based on the 1981 children's book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The film also pays tribute to Robin Williams, star of the first film, through a mention of his character's name. The film stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, and Bobby Cannavale. Set twenty-one years after the first film, the plot follows four teenagers who are transported into the video game world of Jumanji, playing as the characters they chose. Uniting with another player, they must overcome the game's magical power in order to win and return home.
Principal photography began in Honolulu, Hawaii in September 2016 and ended in Atlanta, Georgia in December 2016. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle premiered at the Grand Rex in Paris on December 5, 2017, and was theatrically released in the United States on December 20, 2017, in RealD 3D and select IMAX. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, who called it a "pleasant surprise" and praised the cast. The film has grossed $946 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2017 and the 42nd-highest-grossing film of all time.