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Jake Kasdan, once known exclusively as a comedy director, is now playing in the big leagues. With just the right amount of nostalgia and newness, Kasdan turned Jumanji into one of the biggest modern franchises around. While the large scale and effects were initially new to him, he’s now growing comfortable working at that level.
Kasdan made his directorial debut with a sharp ’90s noir with a killer Bill Pullman performance, Zero Effect. It features a Pullman performance deserving of more love in this world. Kasdan followed his directorial debut with Orange County, The TV Set, and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. During our phone interview with Kasdan, we recently talked about how Walk Hard has changed the biopics forever, how he’s grown as a filmmaker making the Jumanji movies, and the unfortunate state of the world at the moment.
Thanks for making the time.
Sure. Under the strangest of circumstances.
It is a weird time to be doing interviews.
[Laughs] Yes. I mean, yeah, it’s a weird time to just be going about your stuff, you know? It’s insane.
What’s like a Thursday or Friday for you like now? Any work still getting done?
I think everything is just sort of shutting down. It’s so crazy in so many different ways. On the one hand, I think especially for in the cities where people are conscious this is a great threat, they’re taking it seriously. It freaks everybody out. At the same time, very few people are directly close to it, so it’s somewhat abstract but freaky. Everyone is trying to follow the best advice, but it’s completely bizarre. It’s insane.
Such a strange time. Hey, be safe.
It’s nice to be talking to you, though. Funnily enough, I just revisited Orange County a week or two ago. Obviously, it was the first time you worked with Jack Black. What makes that relationship work?
In a lot of ways, that movie was important to me. It was the beginning of one of my all-time favorite collaborations, and it’s continued. We’ve gotten to work together closely and have had the best time doing these. In many ways, Orange County was really significant for me. Starting to work with Jack was one of the huge ways. Another huge way was working with Colin Hanks, and we’ve remained close. All those guys and I have remained very close to the last 20 years.
Have you noticed people who grew up with that movie are still very fond of it?
Oh, that’s good. I’m glad to hear that. It’s a movie that I love. Jack, Colin, and Schuyler, it was amazing. We had an amazing group of people surrounding them. It was an incredible experience. I mean, a bunch of brilliant comedy minds and directors. We got Ben Stiller to do a little thing in that movie, and...
Upon its release last summer, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw made $759 million worldwide on a reported budget of around $200 million. Those kinds of numbers usually mean that a sequel won’t be too far behind, and now star Dwayne Johnson has confirmed that Hobbs and Shaw 2 is officially in development. Flex so hard that your cast explodes and read his comment below.
Yesterday, Johnson hosted a Q&A on his Instagram Live, and the topic of a Hobbs and Shaw sequel came up. “We are developing now the next film, the next [Hobbs & Shaw] movie, and I’m pretty excited about it…Just gotta figure out the creative right now, and the direction we’re going to go,” he said h/t Collider.
I don’t think anyone actually expected Universal to only make one Hobbs and Shaw film, especially since the first movie was pretty blatant about laying the groundwork for additional stories for those characters. Plus, the main Fast & Furious “Saga” only has two films left before it crosses the final finish line. This year’s F9 was bumped to 2021 due to COVID-19, and it’s currently unclear exactly when Fast 10 will be released. So while “yep, we’re making a sequel to a movie that everyone thought would get a sequel” may not be the most exciting news, I’m choosing to read his comments as a subtle admission that the first Hobbs and Shaw wasn’t as good as it could have been, and an announcement that they’re looking to raise the bar in the sequel – possibly by bringing new blood in on the creative side.
Hobbs and Shaw should have been a home run, but it traded the heart of the Fast and Furious movies for criminally unfunny banter between Johnson and Jason Statham. Sure, it had a few solid action moments, and Ryan Reynolds who’s reuniting with Johnson for the Netflix action film Red Notice may prove to be an entertaining third wheel in a follow-up if his character has a larger role to play. But nearly eight months after Hobbs and Shaw‘s release, my biggest memory of the movie is the disappointment I felt when watching it. Hopefully a re-energized or completely different creative team can course-correct in a sequel, answering the big question left by the first movie’s ending who is running Eteon? and bringing in some electrifying actors to face off against the muscle-bound heroes.
'The first message on my phone was from Adam Levine. He's like, 'Nice performance. You had a little schmutz in your teeth,'' he recalled while visiting 'The Tonight Show' on Tuesday.
Nick Jonas opened up about the moment he learned that he had spinach in his teeth during the Jonas Brothers' performance at the 2020 Grammy Awards when he stopped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday.
While discussing the Jonas Brothers' performance of 'What a Man Gotta Do' and 'Sucker' at the awards show, Jonas brought up the 'slight hiccup.' Jimmy Fallon then shared a photo of the youngest bandmember, who had spinach in his teeth, during the performance. Fans quickly noticed the mistake and took to social media to point it out.
'No one checked my teeth,' said Jonas. 'Here's the thing that's really frustrating about this, OK. First of all, there was spinach in my teeth from my breakfast, which I ate hours before. So the entire day, no one thought to be like, 'Hey man, there's something back there.''
Jonas also revealed that he learned during an interview a few weeks ago that his brothers checked their teeth before going onstage. 'I sat there going, 'Excuse me?'' he recalled. 'They left me out of it.'
He then reflected on the night of the Grammys. Following their performance, Jonas talked to his manager backstage. 'We were really excited because the performance went pretty well and it was like our Grammy moment. Our return,' he said. 'I was so amped and I was like, 'What'd you think?' and he's like, 'Well, just don't check—.''
Jonas immediately went to check his phone and learned about the spinach. 'The first message on my phone was from Adam Levine. He's like, 'Nice performance. You had a little schmutz in your teeth,'' he recalled.
'It just goes to show you that you can be performing on the Grammys and be nominated and still have spinach in your teeth,' Jonas concluded.
Jonas and Fallon also competed against each other in a game of 'Slay It, Don't Spray It' during the appearance.The host explained that they would take turns singing popular songs. While most of the lyrics were available in front of them on cue cards, they had to finish some of the lyrics on their own. If the players didn't sing the correct lyrics, water was shot at their faces. Meanwhile, the players who sang the lyrics correctly avoided being sprayed and the water was instead shot at their competitor.
The singer kicked off the game by performing Katy Perry's 'I Kissed a Girl.' Jonas correctly sang the lyrics to the 2008 song, so water was shot in Fallon's face.
Fallon was next challenged to finish the lyrics to Train's 'Drops of Jupiter.' He had a difficult time reading the cue cards because his protective glasses were wet from being shot at with water. The host messed up the lyrics 'one without a permanent scar,' so water was once again sprayed on his face.
Jonas sang Fall Out Boy's 'Sugar, We're...
It looks like Jumanji 4 is going to happen. Director Jake Kasdan has revealed that early development started on the sequel before the recent Hollywood shutdown that is expected to last at least a few more weeks, if not longer. Whenever things do return to some semblance of normalcy, it seems this movie is going to be on Sony's priority list.
Jake Kasdan was recently interviewed in honor of Jumanji: The Next Level hitting home video. During the conversation, the filmmaker who helmed both of the recent installments in the series, was asked about the seemingly inevitable fourth entry. Here's what Kasdan had to say about it.'We're just starting to talk about all of that, and the truth is we've barely started. 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. 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.'
While things seem to be in the earliest days, it seems like Jake Kasdan is happy to return should the project get the green light. Kasdan also recently hinted that he expects the core cast to return, which includes Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Kevin Hart. The ending of The Next Level put some pieces in play that left the door wide open for Jumanji 4, while also changing up the formula that was the driving force behind the more recent movies.
At this point, it's hard to imagine a world in which this movie doesn't get made. The movie business is facing an uncertain future, but studios will be more motivated than ever to proceed with surefire bets. 2017's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was a massive blockbuster surprise, bringing in $962 million at the global box office. Last year's follow-up did similarly well, taking in $796 million. Both movies were, generally speaking, met with open arms by critics and audiences.
Taking all of that into account, this seems like a no-brainer. It could just come down to logistics. The main cast members are all very busy people, so scheduling is tricky. There's also the matter of sorting everything out once it's safe for studios to resume regular production schedules. It may be a while before that happens, but whenever it does, expect Sony to get back to work on this one. Jumanji: The Next Level is available now on Digital HD, Blu-ray/DVD and 4K Ultra HD. This news comes to us via Collider.