We first caught wind of a Karate Kid remake last September, and although initially the rumours were thought to have been debunked, it looks like the project is still moving forward at Will Smith’s production company Overbrook Entertainment. What’s more, the original rumour about Will Smith’s son Jaden starring in the remake has now been confirmed! Jaden Smith apparently practices martial arts of some sort which is likely the reason why his father has such an interest in it.
The script is currently being written by a guy named Chris Murphy, but with so many Chris Murphys on IMDb, I have no idea what his previous credits might be. They are aiming to shoot the flick next year in Beijing, which leads to the next point: Jaden Smith is only 10 years old, and will be 11 by next July. Isn’t he a little bit young to be playing the lead? Ralph Macchio was 23 years old when he played Daniel-san. Either way, this is a movie that simply doesn’t need a remake: it was a product of its time, and everyone and their mother has already seen it. I have no interest in this, and I can’t imagine many people paying to see it (although if Will Smith himself takes on a small role in the film, it would be a different story). Man, I can’t wait to find out who plays Mr. Miyagi in this version. My vote is for Forest Whitaker! Does anyone out there actually think this remake is a good idea?