Posted on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 by David Chen
Say what you will about director M. Night Shyamalan, but the man knows how to stay busy and keep putting himself out there. Even though his last film, The Last Airbender, was destroyed by film critics everywhere, it went onto gross over $300 million worldwide, fueling speculation about a possible sequel. Moreover, Drew and John Erick Dowdle’s trapped-in-an-elevator film, Devil, bore Shyamalan’s “Night Chronicles” label and did decent business.
Back in June, prior to Airbender’s release, we learned that M. Night had some pretty spectacular talent lined up for his next script, which had Bruce Willis and Gwyneth Paltrow “loosely attached.” We’ve now learned that that script has been shelved, in favor of a new project called One Thousand A.E. Hit the jump to learn what we know.
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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.
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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 »
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 »
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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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 »
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…
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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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