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Dwayne Johnson to produce ‘Jumanji’ reboot

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LOS ANGELES — Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne Johnson will be producing the “Jumanji” reboot.

Jake Kasdan will direct Sony Pictures’ remake, which will take a new look at the Chris Van Allsburg book in a script written by Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner, based on a draft by the original writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Matt Tolmach and Bill Teitler are producing, with Ted Field, Mike Weber and Van Allsburg acting as executive producers. In a post on his Instagram account, Johnson said that the movie will begin shooting this fall.

The movie is scheduled for a July 28, 2017, release. “It’s official. We’ll produce and deliver to a whole new generation a title that I love and is one of my all time favs: There’s games you play for fun… then there’s games that change your life. JUMANJI Working on edging up an already very good script with my @sevenbucksprod team.

“Up next is meeting with our producer Matt Tolmach and director Jake Kasdan. Shooting starts this fall. Promise to deliver something cool and special.. and not screw the whole damn thing up;). As always I’ll keep you posted. Casting this should be fun! #JUMANJI #JungleLife #JustPressStart #SONYPictures.” The 1995 original movie starred the late Robin Williams as the freed jungle dweller who must work to win the magical board game that locked him away.

Johnson will next be seen in “Central Intelligence”, where he will star opposite Kevin Hart, who is also rumoured to be joining the “Jumanji” remake. He also has numerous project in production and preproduction, including the Baywatch movie, “Fast 8” and “Shazam!”.

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Deadly Nipah virus claims 12 in Indian state of Kerala

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NEW DELHI — At least 12 people in India have died from a rare deadly and contagious virus known as Nipah virus, according to news reports.

Four deaths were reported on Monday, including of a nurse who treated the three initial infections at the EMS Cooperative Hospital in Perambra. The death of the nurse triggered panic among hospital staff who have had their leaves cancelled to treat the sick, Hindustan Times reported

Two deaths were reported from Kozhikode and four from Malappuram district. At least six persons are in critical condition and another 20 are under observation, state health officials said.

It was recorded in Siliguri district in West Bengal in 2001 and is being suspected in Kerala now, according to media reports

Humans get infected by consuming fruit or date-palm sap contaminated by infected bats but while human-to-human transmission through body fluids is rare.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nipah virus infection is an emerging disease that was first identified in 1999 during an outbreak among pig farmers in Malaysia and Singapore.

The virus is thought to naturally infect fruit bats (of the genus Pteropus), but it can also infect pigs and other domesticated animals, as well as humans, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus can also spread from person to person.

CDC says Nipah virus can cause an inflammation of the brain known as encephalitis. Symptoms can include fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and confusion. People who are infected with the virus may fall into a coma within 48 hours of showing symptoms, the CDC says.

The virus can be highly lethal, with an average fatality rate of around 75 percent, according to the WHO.

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