One of the most surprising movies of last year was easily Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. The film was an utter blast, but it’s fair to say that there were a lot of doubters out there who questioned putting a new spin on such a beloved old favourite. And now, we have word on when we can expect to see Welcome to the Jungle’s already-confirmed follow-up.

Sony Pictures’ Tom Rothman recently explained that this third Jumanji effort will be in cinemas for Christmas 2019.

As Rothman put it, “I’d bet on seeing Dwayne Johnson in theaters again in December 2019. Don’t rush to give all those screens to Star Wars. Come on, fair’s fair.”

Right now, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle stands as one of the most successful movies in Sony’s history. Domestically, the film is the highest grossing Sony effort in history, with its $404 million box office edging out Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. In terms of a worldwide sense, the total pull of $956 million for Welcome to the Jungle is only bettered by the $1.1 billion haul of 2012’s Skyfall.

So yes, you can see just why Sony Pictures would be so keen to deliver a new Jumanji picture, especially with Dwayne Johnson’s current status as the hottest box office draw in the game.

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