On Wednesday, Sony announced its plans to release a Jumanji remake on Christmas Day, 2016. Though not much has been revealed about the remake thus far, that hasn't stopped the internet from collapsing into unfiltered nerd rage. And it's understandable - the 1995 movie about a magical board game holds a special place in the hearts of '90s kids everywhere. Still, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to this remake.
1. It's a chance to pay homage to Robin Williams.
Many fans are taking to Twitter to voice their dissatisfaction with the decision to remake Jumanji, claiming that it's too soon after Robin Williams's heartbreaking suicide to touch any of his beloved films. But unless Sony wants to further inspire the wrath of the internet, they will have to be respectful to his memory.
2. The lady characters were amazing in the original, and they can only get better.
As a baby feminist, one of the main things I loved about the movie when I was a kid was that the female characters were actual characters. Sarah and Judy weren't just love interests whose only purpose was to be kissed at the end of the movie. They played just as big of a role in the adventure as everyone else, and that's a message we should all get behind.
3. Think of the children!
Jumanji is iconic for a reason. It was a movie for kids that didn't talk down to them. It was smart and exciting as well as appropriately terrifying. Kids today deserve something like that too. Sure, their parents could just dig up a VHS of the original, but if remaking the movie with a few modern references brings in a new audience, that might not be a bad thing.
4. The stampede scene!!
We all know that was one of the best scenes in the entire movie. How great would it be to get to see it (with new technology!) on the big screen again?
5. It might actually be good.
When most people hear the word reboot, they tend to roll their eyes. And with good reason -- theaters are oversaturated with reboots and sequels, to the point where it's beginning to feel like Hollywood is personally trying to destroy everything your 10-year old self loved. But this one has a decent chance of being good. Think about it -- Sony is responsible for the Jump Street movies, and even though we were all skeptical at first, Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill turned out to be an awesome (hilarious) duo. We've gotta give it a chance.