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Jumanji remake to film in Hawaii

Central IntelligenceA remake of the 1995 adventure movie Jumanji is set to film on location in Hawaii with stars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black.

Johnson and Hart are likely to build on a comedy partnership started with this year's Central Intelligence (pictured). 

In the original Jumanji, two children unleashed supernatural forces when they played a magical board game. The late Robin Williams headlined the cast as a man trapped for years inside the game. Filming took place largely in the eastern US, and in British Columbia.

Hawaii is among the parts of the US to offer jungle locations and is often used for high-profile film and TV shoots. The Pacific archipelago offers a tax credit of up to 25%, which helps incentivise big-budget productions looking for exotic visuals. 

Universal’s hit dinosaur follow-up Jurassic World has been one of the biggest recent visitors and filmed extensive location work in Hawaii. Gareth Edwards’ big-budget reimagining of Godzilla also shot key action set pieces locally.

Hawaii lacks world-class studio facilities, which is its main drawback as a location. Hawaii Film Studios near Honolulu offers a 16,000 sq ft sound stage but big-budget productions usually head back to the mainland US for studio filming. 

Jurassic World shot its studio work in Louisiana, while Godzilla opted for British Columbia, doubling parts of the city for Honolulu as well as shooting in a Vancouver studio.   

For more on filming in Hawaii see our production guide.

Image: Claire Folger/Warner Bros. Entertainment