The sequel to Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has officially been given a release date – and it’s not far off!

The film is scheduled to hit cinemas Christmas 2019. According to Variety, the release date was unveiled by Sony Pictures Chairman Tim Rothman at the recent CinemaCon event in Las Vegas.

This release date will place the next Jumanji movie – the third in the series – opposite Star Wars: Episode IX, mirroring the release pattern of last Christmas whereby Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opened within days of The Last Jedi making its debut.

As previously highlighted on It’s A Stampede!, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle has been a huge success story for Sony Pictures, raking in $956,618,644 at the worldwide box office. In the US, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is Sony’s most successful movie of all-time, beating Spider-Man (2002) – Sony’s previous  box office king.

No news on what the story will be for Jumanji 3 or who will star in the film. It is believed that Sony is keen to retain the current cast so expect more of the same.

To date there have been two Jumanji movies – The Robin Williams-starring Jumanji (1995) and 2017’s Dwayne Johnson-starring Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. In 2005, Sony Pictures also released Zathura: A Space Adventure, which is based on another book by Jumanji author Chris Van Allsburg and follows a similar concept, albeit with a space setting.

Can’t get enough of Jumanji? Then check out the It’s A Stampede! guide to Jumanji: The Animated Series.