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JUMANJI sequel launches into space
Chris Van Allsburg delivers a sequel worth waiting two decades for
By Jennifer H. Tomooka
October 22, 2002
Source: USA TODAY
fans have waited 21 years for this. USA TODAY reports that ZATHURA
, the long-awaited sequel to Chris Van Allsburg's children's book JUMANJI
, has finally hit the shelves.ZATHURA
reveals what happened to the kids who decided to play with the suddenly discarded board game. Danny, a curious young boy, rolls the dice and launches himself and his older brother, Walter, on their own frightening star trek, where space pirates, meteor showers and evil robots await.
The first printing of 170,000 was quickly consumed, and a second printing of 30,000 is on the way. Pre-orders and customer requests will determine the third printing.
While the inspiration for the illustrations in JUMANJI
were inspired by Victorian ideas of African jungles, ZATHURA
was inspired by the 1950s, FORBIDDEN PLANET
-style robots and spaceships based on WAR OF THE WORLDS
While it may be a knee-jerk reaction, don't expect to see ZATHURA
on the big screen anytime soon. Sony (who produced JUMANJI
) owns the ZATHURA
film rights, but publisher Houghton Mifflin's spokeswoman, Megan Butler, claims that there are close to 15 scripts being considered for the sequel. Questions? Comments? Let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.