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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Dreamworks Animation is looking to adapt the fantasy novel Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez. They’ve tasked Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris with the writing duties — a pair that has seen story credits for Kung Fu Panda and the upcoming Robin Hood, and they also created/exec-produced the TV series Sleeper Cell. Barry Sonnenfeld is currently attached to direct.

The novel centers on a vampire and werewolf who happen to be friends, and come upon an all night diner after running low on gas. There they discover that the diner has a recurrent zombie attack problem, and are enlisted by the diner manager to help out. They soon find out that zombies aren’t the only supernatural phenomenon occurring around the diner, and ultimately have to help stop a local couple from summoning the old gods — which has the potential to end the world.

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