Confirmed: Karate Kid Sequel In Development

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?

Zwart has said that he would prefer to do an all-new story rather than remake one of the existing Karate Kid sequels.

I personally think it's now so much on its own two feet, given the success, that it would be interesting to see where we could take it without ever thinking about the old ones.

Not that there are any particular plans in mind at the moment.

Every now and then we discussed it...But the truth is, when you see Jackie and Jaden, they're like a really good film couple. On and off camera, I was watching how they were pulling practical jokes on each other and throwing rocks in the lake, and you just want to keep looking at them because they have a great dynamic and great humor. We have just been playing with a few different ideas, but we haven't landed on anything at the moment.

Discuss: What is your pitch for a sequel to 2010's The Karate Kid?