Sony Pictures and Marvel have shifted the release date of its Spider-Man reboot to July 7, 2017, with its original July 28, 2017 date to be taken by Jumanji, which had been set for this December 25. The move of Jumanji into the summer will provide a pretty solid 1-2 punch for the studio, and it comes after the studio last week snagged Jake Kasdan to direct the reboot that Matt Tolmach is producing.
Kasdan will direct a script by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, thhe latter of whom last worked for the studio on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Their script is based on draft by original writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and the whole thing is based on the Caldecott Medal-winning adventure book by Chris Van Allsburg. Sony’s original Jumanji was released in 1995 with Robin Williams starring and it grossed $262.8 million worldwide.
Right now Jumanji is the only pic to stake its claim on the that July 28 date. Spider-Man, with Jon Watts directing and Tom Holland aboard as the web-slinger, also has its new date to itself.