For Jackie Chan‘s 100th movie, he decided to go back 100 years and tell the story of a birth of a nation. The film, 1911, tells the story of the Xinhai Revolution, otherwise known as the Chinese Revolution, in which nationalist forces rose up to take down the Qing Dynasty and established the Republic of China. It was basically the beginning of modern China, kind of their Revolutionary War and Civil War rolled into one, and a very important moment in Chinese history. Chan co-directed the film along with Zhang Li and co-stars as one of the two rival leaders in the nationalist movement. It’s scheduled for day and date release in both the United States and China this October, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the Revolution itself. Check out your first look, in a Japanese trailer, below. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, August 26th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Shortly after The Karate Kid was released in theaters, earning $56 million opening weekend (well surpassing expectations), it was announced that they were going to begin development on a sequel. Columbia Pictures executives have been meeting with screenwriters to pitch their ideas on a sequel. Tonight HeatVision is reporting that screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif, who wrote Kung Fu Panda for Dreamworks Animation, have been tapped to pen the follow-up.
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 »
Posted on Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
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 »
In the /Film discussion post on The Karate Kid, I wrote the following about Jackie Chan’s performance in the film: “Chan is perfect as the grizzled landlord, perhaps because on some level, he’s playing a version of himself, a once-great fighter who is relegated to inflicting his martial arts prowess on teenagers.” Turns out somebody at IGN had a similar line of thinking, and edited together a brief video showing exactly how effective Chan is at destroying children. See it after the jump.
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We’ve seen two trailers so far for the remake of The Karate Kid, both of which focused pretty heavily on the film’s story. In the runup to the release of the film this week there’s a third trailer, and this one is almost exclusively action, including a street chase scene that is vaguely reminiscent of Ong Bak, though the full thing probably doesn’t have that movie’s over-the-top stunts. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
What a strange cast! Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom, the sequel to the 2008 DreamWorks animated adventure film, has just added three actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Michelle Yeoh, and Victor Garber. The idea of Yeoh and Van Damme being in the film is entertaining, but when it will be only as voice actors? Perhaps slightly less so. OK, fine: Van Damme could be hilarious. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
When it was announced that Sony would be remaking The Karate Kid with Will Smith‘s son Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan as the Mr. Miyagi character, I was livid. Every once in a while on /Film we’ll preclude our headline with “Worst Idea EVER:”, which is kind of a running joke because we run 20-30 of these stories a year. The joke is that Hollywood loves bad ideas. But my mind began to change after I watched the trailers for the new film. Not just change, but totally reverse. It looked like a completely different movie just playing off the basic concepts of the 1980s film. Sure, I wish that they would release the film under the title “The Kung Fu Kid” but I was actually excited to see the film.
And see the film I did. Today at ShoWest I got a chance to see the film a few months early. Was it good? Was it terrible? I’m not quite sure. Even if I was able to write a review (which I’m not, though Sony is allowing reaction blogs) I’m not sure what I would say. If I had seen this movie today without ever having seen the original Karate Kid movie, I probably would have liked it quite a bit. It definitely isn’t a bad movie. But…
Even with our well documented disdain for the project, we found the teaser trailer for The Karate Kid remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan to be surprisingly watchable (but it might have just been the very low expectations we had set). Word leaked in January that the film earned the second highest test screening score in Sony history.
Sony has now released a second movie trailer for the film on Yahoo. I like how they borrowed from the first film, yet play against some of the expectations. I also love the inclusion of Joe “Bean” Esposito’s song “You’re the Best, which of course, was featured prominently in the All-Valley Karate Championships montage in the original 1984 movie. The fighting sequences also look a few levels above that in the original. I’m still not convinced that the film will be great (there is no chance that Chan’s performance will match Pat Morita’s Academy Award-nominated performance from the original film), but I’m a lot more confortable with it than I was originally (Although I still don’t understand why they can’t just call it The Kung Fu Kid).
Watch the trailer after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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