Principal photography began in Hawaii in September 2016. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle premiered at the Grand Rex in Paris on December 5, 2017 and was released in the United States in 3D on December 20, 2017.
In 1996, teenager Alex Vreeke receives the Jumanji board game, found by his father on a beach. When Alex dismisses it, the game transforms into a video game cartridge. When he plays it, he is sucked into the game.
Twenty years later, four American teenagers are placed in detention together. Spencer Gilpin for writing essays for his former friend, Anthony "Fridge" Johnson, self-absorbed Bethany Walker, and the shy Martha Kaply. Assigned to clear out the school's basement, the four find Jumanji, now a five-player action-adventure console game. With one of the playable characters inaccessible, the teenagers select the others, and are sucked into the game.
They find themselves in a jungle, each now in the forms of their game avatars. Spencer is an explorer Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Fridge is a zoologist Moose Finbar, Martha is a commando Ruby Roundhouse, and Bethany is an overweight, male cartographer Professor Sheldon Oberon. They soon realise that they are in a video game, and each have three lives. If they lose all three, they will actually die. Each of their avatars also comes with special skills and weaknesses.
They learn from Nigel, an NPC, that the explorer Russel Van Pelt has obtained a jewel, the "Jaguar's Eye", allowing him to manipulate Jumanji's animals. To escape the game, the players must return it to an enormous jaguar statue and call out "Jumanji". Along the way, the group begin to lose lives through various means. The group start working together to obtain a clue from a snake, but are captured by Van Pelt's men. They are rescued by Alex, the fifth player, whose avatar is a pilot Seaplane McDonough. Recuperating in a treehouse built by Alan Parrish, Alex learns he has been in the game for twenty years. They commandeer a helicopter and fly for the jaguar statue to return the jewel.
Arriving at the statue, the players find themselves facing Van Pelt's forces and jaguar guards. Using their resources and teamwork, the players distract the villains while Spencer returns the jewel to the statue and cries out "Jumanji!" The game ends and the four teenagers are returned to the real world, but find Alex did not come with them. On their way home, they come across the Vreeke household – once abandoned with Alex's disappearance – has been restored. An adult Alex appears, now with his own family, reveals he emerged in 1996 and history was changed.
Spencer and Fridge become friends again, Bethany makes plans to go backpacking from her experiences in Jumanji, and Martha starts dating Spencer. The four hear Jumanji's drumbeats, but take the game behind the school and smash it with the Bowling ball they found in detention.