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Jaden Smith Stars in "The Karate Kid" Remake

Posted: November 11th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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Columbia Pictures is putting together a new version of the 1984 hit "The Karate Kid," which has been re-worked as a star vehicle for Jaden Smith. Will Smith, who is the 10-year-old actor's father, co-starred alongside Jaden in his feature debut, "The Pursuit of Happyness."

The script is being written by Chris Murphy, and the film will shoot next year in Beijing and other cities. While the new film will be set in that exotic locale, it will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.

The younger Smith, who next stars in "The Day the Earth Stood Still," is a martial arts practitioner.

Columbia presidents Doug Belgrad and Matt Tolmach said they had been trying to find a way to bring back the series, which began with three films that featured Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita. A subsequent film launched the career of Hilary Swank.

Source: Variety


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Johnny Neat writes:
on November 11th, 2008 at 1:30:21 PM

Wow, how lame is this?
meanmonkey22 writes:
on November 11th, 2008 at 2:47:37 PM

First Beyonce as Wonder Woman, now Jaden Smith as The Karate Kid. What the hell is the movie industry coming to?!
Schwasted writes:
on November 11th, 2008 at 3:40:09 PM

They can't seriously remake The Karate Kid and have anyone take it seriously. Seriously Smith? Seriously?
kevo10183 writes:
on November 11th, 2008 at 5:00:54 PM

At least let will smith do it and call it the karate man
pjw writes:
on November 11th, 2008 at 5:10:29 PM

yeah this sounds poo! i thought never back down was the reimagining of the karate kid for the modern day, with UFC being the modern day karate
Milwaukee Marvel writes:
on November 11th, 2008 at 5:23:04 PM

wtf is goin on wit all this bullsh*t
Black_Jack writes:
on November 11th, 2008 at 7:43:10 PM

Well, regard less of the neo-blaxploitation thing going on now, a 10-year-old Karate Kid would NOT work. If he was a black teenager, maybe. It's not central to the story that Daniel is white, but he needs to be a teenager. This is gonna suck.
PrevalentMind writes:
on November 12th, 2008 at 11:51:45 AM

Way too young...and where's the edge? Macchio brought the quick temper and the Brooklyn edge to play against the calm demeaner of Morita. This is way too cute and too young...What's the master going to remedy this time through the training if not a quick temper and teenage angst? Oh I guess we'll replace it with ADD and bedwetting...STUPID.
thedotsays writes:
on November 12th, 2008 at 12:33:40 PM

black / white has nothing to do with it. To suggest otherwise is ignorrant borderlining on moronic. The kid's too young. And to "borrow elements" of the original? Come on. Do that but don't slap a Karate Kid label on it and try to pass it off as such. Could've done that with the Hillary Skank....errr Swank attempt at lame relaunching and saved folks a ton on Maaloxx. As far as young smith. Hell, I can't knock him for taking advantage of his dad's coat tails. The kid's getting some key spots tossed his way that I'm sure other child actors would sell their souls for.

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