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December 11, 2007

Will Smith To Direct Karate Kid Remake / Steven Chow In Talks

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WsmithIt looks like Will Smith is going to be all over the remake of the Karate Kid. Today we learn that he will not only be producing, but also directing the project. We get the scoop from our friends at moviesonline:

Will Smith is in fact going to direct the upcoming Karate Kid movie according to production notes. His son Jaden Smith will also star. There has been a lot of past speculation on who would star, and who would direct but it would seem the speculation can now end. Overbook Entertainment have Will Smith listed as the director and Jaden Smith as its star.

Will Smith has had quite the journey. If you would have told me back in the day, that The Fresh Prince would be directing a remake of the Karate Kid in the future (as the Kung Fu Kid); I would have called you a liar and a prophet of questionable ability. But here we are, and it looks like Mr. Smith’s directorial debut on a feature film, will be alongside his son and Jackie Chan or Steven Chow.

Steven Chow has confirmed that he is in talks to play Mr. Miyagi and we get his words on the matter today via themoviehole:

Martial arts magnate Stephen Chow (“Kung Fu Hustle”) has confirmed online rumours that he’s in talks to play wise and wrinkly warrior Mr Myiagi in a ‘’Karate Kid’’ remake.

“I’m very fond of ‘The Karate Kid’ and would love to join in the remake project, no matter as a producer, director or actor”, says Chow. “But it depends on my schedule. As you know, next year I will work on two movies, ‘Dragon Ball’ and ‘Journey to the West.'”

So it is not yet confirmed that Chow will be Miyagi, but he is certainly still in the running. Chan is a high octane contender however and although both men are great choices, I think I would prefer the pastoral Chan for the role of Kung Fu Master. Lots of news out today regarding this project and we will have to hope that they walk with the wisdom of Macchio to create a film that pays tribute to the original.

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  • Andrew

    Hey I’m sorry but Noriyuki (Pat) Morita is the ONLY Mr. Miyagi my friend. Steven Chow cant even speak Japanese I bet.

    I live in Japan now, and people always ask me “Hey what do Americans think of Japan?” and I show them Karate Kid II when they go to Okinawa

    I love it at the end when they take that kid’s taiko and everyone starts rubbing it like they are all cheering for him. Don’t be fooled like I was! Thats not Japan! haha

  • http://aol.com John Kreese

    This is almost worse than having bill clinton as president again

  • http://aol.com John Kreese

    please do not make this movie. Karate kid 4 was just awful and this one will be probably the worst movie ever! karate kid 1-3 were the only good ones(mainly 1 and 3 because of Cobra Kai). PLEASE DON’T MAKE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • knyc69

    people, people, people… please re-read the title “The Kung Fu Kid”. not Karate Kid. besides all of you watched ever Jaws movie or friday the 13th, even rocky ever made. sure these movies have the same actors but batman, superman nor any of the james bonds movies had the same people in them but you watched them . So i say shoot for the stars Will. Steven Chow, Jackie Chan or Sammo Hung, makes no difference you can’t lose w/ anyone of these guys all three are awsome. go “PRINCE”go.

  • Joe

    they cant come up with an original ideas anymore?

  • theladysabine

    I generally find the notion of a remake amusing… not this time. I find it rediculous. A 9yo boy has no business being Danny LaRusso… and more Jaden doesn’t look a bit italian. Part of the whole flavor of it was a displaced Jersey youth of Italian hertiage. Just the same as Miyagi is an Okinawan. To replace this combonation with a very cute young African American, and Chinese pairing would be rediculous at best, and will throughly fail at honoring the original.

    Is the movie going to take place in Iowa? That’s the only situation I can imagine, in which an Hollywood kid might be able to pull off being convincingly displaced.

  • ramon

    i couldnt agree more that the original shouldnt be remade. its a classic and it should be left alone. just look how crappy “the next karate kid” with that chick was.if your a fan of the original you tube “sweep the leg” by no more kings. heres an idea make a new movie with the original cobra kai and macchio. it could be about their kids duking it out. like i said just an idea.

  • Mike

    Hopefully this never gets made. Just like he should have never been casted for the lead in the Wild Wild West remake, he should have nothing to do with a classic like this. Another opportunity to shove his family down our throats.

    I hope it tanks.

  • Ao

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    MAK, JACKIE, totally agree, …. I’m a japanese girl, am telling you, you can’t replace Miyagi-san, he’s actually American-Japanese whatever, not matter…… and why do you really want/have to remake karate kid! Leave it alone, honestly, pls!!!

  • Zach

    You’ve got to be kidding me. There is no need to remake a movie like this, they got it right the first time. Will, go back to fighting robots and zombies.

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