Jack Black says 'Jumanji' sequel features tribute to Robin Williams


While much of the target audience for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle may not have been old (or, indeed, alive) enough to have seen the 1995 original on the big screen, Sony Pictures' upcoming sequel will ensure that the first's biggest star won't be forgotten.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at a photo call held on the sidelines of CineEurope in Barcelona, Jack Black — who had just moments earlier straddled an animatronic crocodile for the benefit of the cameras — explained that the late great Robin Williams still had a role to play, with the new film featuring a tribute to him.

"We're exploring this jungle and trying to conquer the game; it's life or death," he said. "But while we're there, we find clues left behind by [Williams' character Alan Parrish]. He built up a full-blown jungle house, similar to a Swiss Family Robinson situation. It's like he's there helping us without actually being there."

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 18: Zak Williams and Robin Williams attend the Timo Pre Fall 2009 Launch with Interview Magazine at Phillips De Pury on November 18, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage for Timo Wallets LLC)
Robin Williams with son Zak & wife Marsha during 'Death To Smoochy' Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 26: Zak Williams, son of Robin Williams, throws out the ceremonial first pitch as Zelda and Cody Williams look on before Game Five of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park on October 26, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Robin Williams, son Zak & wife Marsha during 'Death To Smoochy' Premiere at Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Robin Williams with son Zak & wife Marsha during 'One Hour Photo' Premiere at Academy Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
Portrait of actor Robin Williams, Marin County, California, 1999. (Photo by Chris Felver/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 12: A makeshift memorial for Robin Williams seen in front of Carolines on Broadway comedy club on August 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Robin Williams in the kitchen in a scene from the film 'Mrs. Doubtfire', 1993. (Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty Images)
You're a grown man now and I'm so proud of you. A little bit of you will always be my "Mr Pym". Happy Birthday, @zakpym!
Happy Birthday to me! A visit from one of my favorite leading ladies, Crystal.
Robin Williams visits a sick child in a scene from the film 'Patch Adams', 1998. (Photo by Universal/Getty Images)
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JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE - Emmy Award-nominated 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' airs every weeknight (11:35 p.m. - 12:41 a.m., ET), packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. The guests for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 included actor Robin Williams ('The Crazy Ones'), Sarah Hyland, Ariel Winter, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez and Aubrey Anderson-Emmons ('Modern Family') and musical guest The Killers - also featuring Jimmy Kimmel Lives' 'Modern Family Feud: Kids Edition.' (Photo by Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) ROBIN WILLIAMS, JIMMY KIMMEL
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 5: 'Breakfast Burrito Club' -- Left to Right: Sydney (Sarah Michelle Gellar), Zach (James Wolk), Simon (Robin Williams) and Andrew (Hamish Linklater) delve into each other'™s personal lives while brainstorming ideas for an ad campaign, on THE CRAZY ONES, Thurs. Oct. 17 (9:01 -“ 9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 5: 'Breakfast Burrito Club' -- Simon (Robin Williams) brainstorms ideas for an ad campaign for the breakfast burrito, on THE CRAZY ONES, Thurs. Oct. 17 (9:01 9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1515 -- Pictured: (l-r) Actor Robin Williams, host Jay Leno during an interview on December 22, 1998 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Robin Williams, Zelda Williams and Cody Williams at the Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, : Academy Award-winning actor Robin Williams wears a clown nose as he places his hands in cement during his hand and footprint ceremony outside Mann's Chinese Theatre 22 December in Hollywood, California. Williams is currently starring in the critically acclaimed film 'Patch Adams' about a doctor who uses humor to help heal his patients. AFP PHOTO/Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
Arnold Schwarzenegger & Robin Williams during The 13th Annual Moving Picture Ball American Cinematheque Award Honoring Arnold Schwarzenegger at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, UNITED STATES: Academy Award winning actor Robin Williams signs autographs for fans as he arrives for the premiere of his new film, 'What Dreams May Come' 28 September in Beverly Hills, CA. The film, a romantic-fantasy based on the Richard Matheson novel, tells of one man's journey to other worlds to find the woman he loves. AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
Off to the Emmys with my beautiful wife, Susan.
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Oscar winners Robin Williams (L), Best Supporting Actor and Jack Nicholson (R), Best Actor pose for photographers 23 March at the 70th Annual Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Williams won for his roll in 'Good Will Hunting' and Nicholson for 'As Good As It Gets.' (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Hector MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
Robin Williams is covered in paint in a scene from the film 'What Dreams May Come', 1998. (Photo by Polygram Filmed Entertainment/Getty Images)
324574 35: Robin Williams stands with Matt Damon at the fourth annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremonies March 18, 1998 in Los Angeles, CA. Various actors and entertainers attended the ceremonies to honor the accomplishments of their fellow performers. (Photo by Russell Einhorn/Liaison)
FRIENDS -- 'The One with the Ultimate Fighting Champion' Episode 24 -- Pictured: (l-r) Billy Crystal as Tim, Robin Williams as Thomas, Jennifer Aniston as Rachel Green, Matthew Perry as Chandler Bing, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe Buffay (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Nathan Lane and Robin Williams standing in pajamas on the porch in a scene from the film 'The Birdcage', 1996. (Photo by United Artists/Getty Images)
Bonnie Hunt, Bradley Pierce, Kirsten Dunst and Robin Williams hold each other in a scene from the film 'Jumanji', 1995. (Photo by TriStar/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 23: U.S. actor Robin Williams holds his Golden Globe after winning for best actor in a comedy for his role in 'Mrs. Doubtfire' 22 January 1994. The movie also won a Golden Globe for best comedy film. (Photo credit should read DAVID CRANE/AFP/Getty Images)
Robin Williams and Tim Robbins in a scene from the film 'Cadillac Man', 1990. (Photo by Orion Pictures/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 16: Robin Williams (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
Getting ready for The Tonight Show with The Man, @jayleno. Jay got me my first paying stand-up job.
UNITED STATES - MARCH 16: Robin Williams (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26: Robin Williams and Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Heather Wines/CBS via Getty Images)
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Black also explained one key difference between Jumanji and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

"[In the original] you never got to see the inside world," he said. "But this one takes place primarily inside the jungle of Jumanji. That's the coolest part of the film — we're able to transport the audience to that secret and wondrous land, with the danger and the beauty.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is due for release Dec. 20.

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Andre Agassi & Robin Williams during Andre Agassi's 6th Grand Slam for Children Fundraiser - Press Conference at MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Robin Williams & Stevie Wonder (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
ST. PAUL, MN - AUGUST 4: Comedians Robin Williams and Billy Crystal talk with reporters on the red carpet before the 2012 Starkey Hearing Foundation's 'So the World May Hear Awards Gala on August 4, 2012 in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images for Starkey Hearing Foundation)
Actors Robin Williams and Billy Crystal enjoy themselves while taping a promotional TV spot for FOX Sports before the San Francisco Giants 13-inning 6-5 defeat of the New York Yankees at AT&T Park June 23, 2007 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by John Medina/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 14: HAPPY DAYS - 'Mork Returns' 3/6/79 Henry Winkler, Robin Williams (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - SEPTEMBER 20: 'Sydney, Australia' -- An infatuated ex-co-worker of Sydney's (Josh Groban, left) writes a stalker-ish song about her while Simon (Robin Williams, right) struggles with a pitch for the Australian Tourism Board, on THE CRAZY ONES, Thurs. Nov. 7 (9:01 - 9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Richard Cartwright/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 10: 'Sixteen-Inch Softball' -- Brad Garrett (left) and Robin Williams (right) on location for THE CRAZY ONES which airs on Thursdays (9:01 - 9:31 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - APRIL 23: Actors Robin Williams (L) and Cheryl Hines pose at the premiere of Columbia Picture's 'RV' at the Village Theater on April 23, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Reunited and it feels so good. My long time friend and stand-in, Adam Bryant aka Sal Biagini.@thecrazyonescbs

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THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) -- Episode 4513 -- Pictured: (l-r) Comedian Robin Williams talks with host Jay Leno during a commerical break on August 8, 2013 -- (Photo by: Stacie McChesney/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

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