Zathura (the book version) is the sequel to Jumanji (the book version). It was written by Chris Van Allsburg and adapted into a fantasy film directed by Jon Favreau in 2005.The story picks up where the previous one left off: two boys discover the Jumanji board game where it was hidden and take it home. However, Danny, the younger of the pair, discovers another game also hidden inside the box: the sci-fi-based Zathura. Despite their ongoing rivalry, Walter and Danny find they must work together if they're ever going to beat the game and get back home.Note that while Zathura (the book version) is a literal sequel to Jumanji (the book version), the film is a Spiritual Successor to the Jumanji movie.Much like its predecessor, the film heaped on plenty of details that weren't in the original 32-pager, such as adding Lisa, Walter and Danny's older sister, and a mysterious astronaut who becomes a gruff mentor to the boys. It's also worth noting that, excluding voice actors or people wearing alien costumes which cover their whole bodies, the film has a cast of exactly five, one of whom is barely in the film. There are no extras, crowd shots, or other group scenes.While the film did well critically (75% on Rotten Tomatoes), it ended up being a box office disappointment, only making $64.3 million worldwide against a $65 million budget, mostly because it was released only a week before Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire hit cinemas. Nowadays, it's mostly remembered for being featured in a fourth season episode of The Apprentice, where none of the candidates could pronounce the film's name correctly, though the movie does have its fans. Kids seem to love the film, plus it's gorgeous visual effects are impressive.
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