The Hollywood Reporter has posted an interview with Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad in which he reveals some interesting bits about what the studio is working on for the future.
Asked if director Marc Webb will return for The Amazing Spider-Man, Belgrad said it’s not a done deal. “We’d really like him back, but there are obstacles. He has an obligation to Fox. [Webb owes Fox a post-(500) Days of Summer film.]”
Regarding a sequel to the successful 21 Jump Street, Belgrad said: “Yes, we plan to start shooting in the fall. There are very few actors — I’m going to quote Amy — who can do romance, action and comedy. We’re in business with two of them, Channing Tatum and Will Smith.”
Speaking of Will Smith, now that Men in Black 3 has earned $615.5 million worldwide, are there plans for another one? “We’re very pleased with the financial performance of Men in Black 3, and we believe it is an ongoing franchise. We’re going to do [another one], but we don’t have clarity yet on how it should be done,” he added.
He then dropped a surprise, saying that the studio is looking to reboot 1995’s Jumanji, which was directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America) and starred Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce. “We’re going to try and reimagine Jumanji and update it for the present.”