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Kevin Hart confirms ‘Jumanji 3’ filming

Actor and comedian Kevin Hart has confirmed the “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sequel will begin filming next year.

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"We start shooting at the end of January. We almost made a billion dollars with the first one, so to have the opportunity to repeat that same level of success is beyond exciting,” the 39-year-old told Variety. "To get that whole crew back is exciting. I'm pumped up about it."

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The 2016-filmed “Jumanji” reboot featuring the likes of Hart, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Nick Jonas, Jack Black and Karen Gillan spent nearly $35 million in Georgia, according to the Department of Economic Development's Office of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment. The movie hit theaters in December 2017.

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That's an official wrap on #JUMANJI! (just wait to the end of this to hear what @jackblack felt he had to announce;). As I'm saying in this vid, I can't express my gratitude enough for our incredibly hard working and brilliant production crew - the backbone and spirit of our business. THANK YOU and look forward to seeing you all down the road. We made a great movie that honors and evolves the cool and dangerous #Jumanji mythology - one that that I think the world's gonna dig. And finally, like so many of us, Robin Williams was a hero of mine and one of the main reasons why I signed on and wanted to make and produce this film. Pay homage to the legend of "Alan Parrish" (name of Robin's character in the original). Thank you to the William's family for their support. I truly believe we made something you guys will be proud of. Until then that's a DJ wrap. And to quote ol' Luke the Drifter, Hank Williams himself... If the good Lord's willin' and the creek don't rise, I'll see you down the road. #Jumanji #OfficialWrap #AndJackBlackWithTheTurtleHeadAction #NiceOneBuddy 😂👊🏾

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Unlike the original 1995 “Jumanji,” which told the story of a man — played by the late Robin Williams — trapped inside a jungle-themed board game, the reboot version features a group of teens trying to escape a jungle-themed video game. 

Last year’s prequel filmed in Hawaii, California and in Georgia’s Atlanta Metro Studios and Westlake High School in southwest Atlanta. 

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Fiza Pirani is a web producer and writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She is also currently investigating immigrant and refugee mental health stigma and health care access as a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism.

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