"It's official," the 43-year-old actor confirmed. "We'll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There's games you play for fun... then there's games that change your life. JUMANJI."
Johnson told fans he's working on finishing up "an already very good script" with the production team he co-founded, Seven Bucks Production, and next will be meeting with producer Matt Tolmach and director Jake Kasdan before shooting begins this fall. Kasdan has previously directed films like Bad Teacher and Orange County, as well as TV shows, including New Girl, Fresh Off the Boat and The Grinder. A Jumanji remake would be his biggest film project to date.
"Promise to deliver something cool and special.. and not screw the whole damn thing up ;)," Johnson wrote. "As always I'll keep you posted. Casting this should be fun!"
"Don't do this @therock you will never match Robin," one user commented on the Instagram post.
Another fan wrote, "I love you but this has pissed me right off! Why would anyone risk running one of the best movies Robin made?! This is going too far."
Others were more hopeful, writing things like, "Give it a chance I don’t think DJ would ever ruin something from the iconic comedian," "I trust him, I think it will be good," and "You're bringing my childhood back!!!!!"
Williams, who played the lead role of Alan Parrish in the original film, died at the age of 63 in August 2014. The actor had publicly faced addiction and, according to a statement from his rep at the time of his death, had "been battling severe depression."