“Hawaii,” thinks Dwayne Johnson as he rises from the bed of his luxury trailer and peers out through the window upon the Columbia Pictures set stretching miles in every direction. “I’m still only in Hawaii.” Our brawny hero lies face-up on his kingsized bed, locking eyes with a spinning ceiling fan. Jim Morrison’s baritone can be heard belting the refrain to “The End” from within Jack Black’s trailer just next door. Kevin Hart regales an eager crowd an anecdote about watching a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor—a bit torn straight from his Carnegie Hall comedy special. And the dread of a mission yet to befall our heroes clings tight to ever fiber of oxygen.
“The horror,” sighs a dead-eyed Karen Gillan. “The horror…”
Though touting itself as a follow-up to the 1995 family adventure film of the same name, The Rock’s forthcoming Jumanji seems to have found a muse in another jungle-set cinematic great: Apocalypse Now. A look at the below video from the set of the remake, shot by Johnson himself and featuring Black, Hart, and Gillan, hearkens back all to eagerly to Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam War epic, showcasing the madness and mayhem that overtake any and all who find themselves victim to the jungle’s insatiable gut.
We’re in the raining #JumanjiJungle baby! Jack Black’s “Gonna watch you bleeeed” at the end kills me. 😂👊🏾 Phenomenal first week of shooting with my extremely talented and funny co-stars @kevinhart4real, @karengillanofficial and our resident rock and roller Jack Black! We’ve been battling the jungle elements daily and director Jake Kasdan and hard working boots on the ground film crew is raising the bar when it comes to delivering the goods. Makin’ a good one for you over here in Hawaii and Jack’s makin’ em bleed. 😎🎸 #OnLocation #Hawaii #Jumanji
Pity these lost souls, no longer beholden to the identities they once knew, now only feral beasts desperate to survive in unknowable darkness. Even the jungle wants them dead.
On a brighter note, Jumanji hits theaters in July of 2017.
Image: Columbia Pictures