The saga of the ever-changing Karate Kid remake title continues. You might remember when we posted a couple set photos earlier in the week, we mentioned that the Will Smith-produced remake/re-imagining of The Karate Kid had been officially retitled The Kung-Fu Kid. A /Film commenter named videophonic forwarded us to some official art on Sony’s website which still features the old title. I don’t believe I’ve seen this art anywhere else online, so I thought I’d pass it along.
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Posted on Monday, July 13th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
The Associated Press has confirmed that the Will Smith-produced remake/re-imagining of The Karate Kid has officially been retitled The Kung-Fu Kid. The new title should qualm upset fans of the original, and actually makes a whole load more of sense considering the story is based around Kung Fu and not Karate.
Earlier this month when Academy Award-nominated actress Taraji P. Henson was cast in Columbia Pictures’ reimagining of The Karate Kid, we asked you if she brought any credibility to the project. Tonight it has been revealed that a new screenwriter has been hired for the Will Smith-produced reboot.
Who is the new scribe? Steven Conrad, whose credits include Wrestling Ernest Hemingway, The Weather Man, The Pursuit of Happyness and the underrated comedy The Promotion. An obvious choice considering Conrad’s connection to Smith. But will a new screenwriter be able to save this project from expected doom? Don’t count on it, especially considering the bits and pieces of information that leaked out of Chris Murphy‘s previous draft. Lets just hope that the final film is retitled The Kung Fu Kid, or something else entirely.
Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Taraji P. Henson has been cast in the Will Smith-produced reimagining of The Karate Kid. Henson, who was nominated for an Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, will play Jaden Smith’s character Dre’s mother Sherry.
Forced to relocate to China to keep her job, Dre finds it hard to fit in and gets in an altercation at his school. Jackie Chan plays the Mr. Myiagi character, renamed Mr. Han , who agrees to teach Dre martial arts in order to defend against the students of Li Quan Ha’s Fighting Dragon School of Kung-Fu.
The original film befitted from an A-level acting. Pat Morita’s performance in the first Karate Kid was good enough to earn him an Oscar Nomination. Does an Oscar-nominated actress give this remake any credibility? As long as the film is still titled “The Karate Kid”, I vote “No.”
Moviehole has learned some new details about the Will Smith-produced reimagining of The Karate Kid. The film’s plot is broadly the same as the original 1984 film, but with many little differences. The Daniel Larusso character, played by Jaden Smith, has been renamed Dre (I kid you not) and is a skateboarding video game buff. With the fear of layoffs looming over her U.S. job, Dre’s single mother accepts an offer to transfer to the China office. Of course, unable to speak Chinese, Dre finds it hard to settle in, and gets beat up by the local bully.
Remember when we warned you that Will Smith‘s son Jaden Smith was gearing up to ruin The Karate Kid in a remake featuring Jackie Chan as Mr. Miyagi? We even pleaded with Columbia Pictures to drop the project entirely, or else they will riskangering an entire generation of moviewatchers. Well it seems like the studio is aware of the potential backlash, and according to a comment made by Jackie Chan, discovered by FirstShowing, have decided to change the title of the film.
Posted on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
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.
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Posted on Monday, November 10th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Last year there was a crazy rumor began to circulate that Will Smith‘s son Jaden Smith would star in a remake of The Karate Kid, with Stephen Chow attached to direct and take over the role of Mr. Myiagi.
Sounded horrible then. Still sounds horrible now. And it turns out the crazy rumor wasn’t so crazy.
Variety confirms that Jaden will star in a “refashioned” remake of the 1980′s classic. It gets worse, the film will be set in an exotic locale, with a shoot planned for next year in Beijing. Chris Murphy‘s screenplay is said to “borrow elements” from the original film, and is not a strict remake.
Jaden, an avid practitioner of karate, made his big screen debut as Will Smith’s son (big stretch) in Pursuit of Happyness. He can be seen next in The Day the Earth Stood Still. No word on if Stephen Chow will be involved, although I’d expect he might be too busy on The Green Hornet.
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