Jumanji: The Next Level is pretty much a rehash of Welcome to the Jungle, just with better CG. While I found the film fairly enjoyable, it didn’t offer anything new from its predecessor. That said, the ending, which sees the world of Jumanji escape into the real world teases an exciting future for the franchise.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, director of Jumanji: The Next Level, Jake Kasdan, discussed the future of the film series.
I think that when you make a second one you have to at least open yourself to the possibility that there could be another one. Most crucially to me is that this movie had to stand on its own. It was like, ‘We’re going to tell the story about Spencer and Martha. We’re going to tell the story about Eddie and Milo,’ and that’s this meal. But I feel like you don’t want it to be, if there were another one, you would want there to be some sense of continuation instead of being completely episodic and I do think that’s a bitching idea.
Considering one of my issues with The Next Level is the episodic nature of it, I’m glad Jake Kasdan is planning on making the next one more of a direct continuation.
Producers Matt Tolmach and Hiram Garcia also talked about the ending of the film and what it could mean going forward.
The beauty is the possibilities are limitless. I think for us we thought that was a fun way to sprinkle, sprinkle a little history in there and kind of nostalgia and see how the fans respond to it. I mean first and foremost it was a homage,” Tolmach added. “I think it’s fun, the idea that in the last movie you get to sort of breath like, ‘Okay, everything’s going to be fine, and we’re home and we’re safe.’ And the idea that not everything is going to be fine, whatever that means. It’s just a fun way. When we re-tested it, audiences went nuts.
Jumanji: The Next Level is currently playing in Malaysian cinemas.