- Jake Kasdan directed the box-office sensation “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”
- His father is the screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan, who is known best for writing “The Empire Strikes Back,” Return of the Jedi,” “The Force Awakens,” and the coming “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”
- Because of that, Jake Kasdan acknowledges he’s not too tempted to make a “Star Wars” project and is happy being a fan.
For fans of the “Star Wars” franchise, the surname Kasdan has a lot of meaning. Lawrence Kasdan is the screenwriter behind “The Empire Strikes Back,” “Return of the Jedi,” “The Force Awakens,” and the coming “Solo: A Star Wars Story” – which he shares credit with his son Jon.
But there is also another Kasdan in the movie business: Jake. He recently directed one of the most surprising box-office hits in recent memory, “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” which along with topping the domestic box office for three straight weekends in January (and reclaiming the top spot the first weekend in February), is also the second-highest domestic grossing movie for Sony of all time.
Anyone who helms a movie with that kind of performance will have people wondering whether a “Star Wars” project is in his or her future. But posing the question to a Kasdan adds a level of intrigue.
Did Jake Kasdan – previously known best for directing studio comedies such as “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” and “Bad Teacher” – want to go and make an action/comedy with Dwayne Johnson to prove himself worthy of working within the massive “Star Wars” saga?
Actually, no. It seems he’s fine keeping an arm’s distance from the franchise his family has been engrained in as far back as he can remember.
“It’s not something I’m super focused on,” Kasdan told Business Insider of directing a “Star Wars” project.
“I’m just a huge fan,” he went on to say while promoting the home-video release of “Jumanji” (currently available to stream and on Blu-ray/DVD March 20). “There’s a part of me that feels like you relinquish that when you step behind the curtain. I love the rooting position I’ve been in with the ones that my dad and now my brother have worked on. It’s a really exciting thing to be near, without the pressure and anxiety of carrying it.”
Kasdan does, however, have some pressure of his own to deal with – he’s signed on to direct another “Jumanji” movie.