Sunday, December 7, 2008
Jaden Smith is the Next Karate Kid
Will Smith's ten-year-old son will be waxing on and waxing off for a new generation in the upcoming 'Karate Kid' remake. Columbia Pictures is reportedly planning a new version of the 1984 film as a star vehicle for Jaden Smith. The original 'Karate Kid' starred Ralph Macchio, and the 1994 sequel launched the career of Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank.
Jaden Smith made his big-screen debut with his dad in 'The Pursuit of Happyness' and will be seen next in another remake, 'The Day the Earth Stood Still,' due out in December.
Jerry Weintraub, producer of the original franchise, will stay on board for the new film, which is set to shoot next year in Beijing and other cities. The original 'Karate Kid' took place in California, but the plot - a bullied kid gains confidence through martial arts - will remain the same.
'Karate Kid' isn't the only '80s classic getting the remake treatment. A rumored revamp of 'Footloose' - as a musical starring Zac Efron - is said to be coming in 2010 with 'High School Musical' director Kenny Ortega at the wheel.