Last month, Screen Gems decided it didn’t want to bother with Mortal Instruments, the adaptation of the first novel in Cassandra Clare‘s young adult fantasy series, after all. At the time, Scott Stewart (Legion) was attached to direct with Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower as possible stars.

Now the film is back on, thanks to Constantin Film and Unique Pictures. Stewart is not involved, as he is going to make the TV version of his film Legion. Instead, Karate Kid remake director Harold Zwart will make the film, and he’s got Lily Collins still attached to one of the lead roles. Read More »

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Confirmed: Karate Kid Sequel in Development

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Yesterday Russ wrote about how the box office performance of The Karate Kid would probably lead to a sequel, with a comment from director Harold Zwart saying that ideas have been discussed. Now Deadline has confirmed our suspicions — Columbia Pictures executives are meeting with screenwriters to pitch their ideas on a sequel. It seems logical to me. This one followed the storyline of the original beat by beat, the second film needs to take the Karate Kid and his teacher to Asia… oh wait… they already did that? Read More »

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The Karate Kid easily owned the weekend box office in its debut outing, thrashing The A-Team by a margin of two dollars earned for every one taken by Joe Carnahan’s TV revival. With Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan earning $56m, well surpassing expectations, do you think there will be a sequel? In 2010 Hollywood, it’s almost certain, even if sequel fatigue is beginning to set in.

Director Harold Zwart says that ideas have been discussed, and now that the returns are in, I’d guess we’ll hear about sequel plans very soon. In the meantime, check out Zwart’s plans after the break. Read More »

The Karate Kid – What Did You Think?

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Harold Zwart’s The Karate Kid hits theaters today and based on the lively reaction of my screening audience, I’m guessing it’s going to be a huge crowd-pleaser this weekend. But is the film any good? Hit the jump for some of my brief thoughts and feel free to leave your own in the comments below.
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In November it was confirmed that Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith had been cast in a “refashioned” remake of the 1980′s classic The Karate Kid. Set in the “exotic locale” of Beijing, Chris Murphy‘s screenplay is said to “borrow elements” from the original film, and is not a strict remake.If you didn’t think the idea could get worse, well, you were wrong.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Jackie Chan will play the Mr. Miyagi role and that Pink Panther 2 director Harold Zwart would helm the “remake”. Many people don’t remember this but Pat Morita was actually nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the original Karate Kid. The fact that Jackie Chan couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag is extremely troubling.

And the director of The Pink Panther 2? Really? C’mon! They obviously aren’t even trying? Did they just pull Zwart’s name out of a hat filled with names of available directors? This whole story is sounding more and more like an April Fools day joke, but the joke is on us. The movie is actually being made.

With all the cost cutting going on in Hollywood recently, I suggest that Columbia Pictures drop this project  entirely from their upcoming film plate. Columbia, you are about to make an entire generation of moviewatchers very angry. Please, leave this property alone. Walk away now and we will all pretend that this never happened.

Jaden, an avid practitioner of karate, made his big screen debut as Will Smith’s son (big stretch) in Pursuit of Happyness. His performance in The Day the Earth Stood Still was highly criticized.

Discuss: Contribute your negative thoughts below.

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