The recently released “Jumanji: The Next Level”, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, has topped the domestic box office with a big $60.1 million opening despite its many flaws. And with the box office predictions of “Jumanji: The Next Level” of making over $45 million in its first weekend, it pretty much cements the fact there will probably be a third (or is it fourth) Jumanji film in the coming years.
While 2017’s “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle” had closed any possibility of a sequel (yet we have one now), “Jumanji: The Next Level”’s ending keeps the franchise open for another additional venture into the world of the cursed video game.
**SPOILER ALERT** The final scene of the latest instalment could be both open and closed
In the end credits of “Jumanji: The Next Level” we see a local diner, which used to be a restaurant run by Spencer’s grandfather and his buddy, Eddie, when they were younger. After Eddie reconnects with Nora (Bebe Neuwirth, from the original Jumanji), the diner owner, we see a repairman, the New Girl Lamorne Morris arriving to fix a broken water heater in the basement where he sees the game and touches it in fascination. We cut to a scene of the four teenagers coming across a herd of ostriches, just like the ones they encountered in the cursed video game itself.
“It felt to me that that gave us both a jumping-off point for a cool movie we’d want to see, and also, if that didn’t happen, I would be comfortable with the story ending there,” film director Jake Kasdan told The Wrap.
So, what does this tantalizing end mean for the future of the Jumanji franchise?
As the ending signifies, the next film will be going back to its roots- the formula used in 1995 “Jumanji” will make a comeback as the creatures from the dangerous game will be unleashed in the real world. Remember how in the original film the characters had to keep playing the game until one of them won and the game lost, pushing everything from its crazy world back in the box.
But this time, it’s a video game version, so does that mean the game avatars will be joining the real-life characters in saving suburban America from the hell Jumanji has in store for it? Only time will tell!