THE CRAZIES Director Breck Eisner to Helm THE KARATE KID 2

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Slowly but surely, Sony is still moving forward with a sequel to the 2010 remake The Karate Kid.  It’s been a few years since we’ve heard solid word regarding the project, but it appears that the studio is keen on getting it off the ground now as Deadline reports that Breck Eisner has been set as the director.  Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) directed the first film with Jaden Smith assuming the lead role and Jackie Chan playing his mentor.  Against a $40 million budget, the pic grossed $176.5 million stateside and an impressive $182.5 million overseas, ensuring that a follow-up will have crossover appeal in international markets.  Hit the jump for more on the follow-up. 

the-karate-kid-2-jaden-smithPer Deadline, Smith and Chan will reprise their roles from the first film, but no plot information is known at this time.  Last we heard, Kung Fu Panda scribes Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff had been tapped to pen the screenplay, but it’s possible that subsequent drafts have been written since then.  Smith was only 11 years old when the first pic was released but he’s 15 now, so he’ll presumably be able to pack quite a bigger punch this time around.

Eisner hasn’t directed a feature since the 2010 horror film The Crazies, but he’s certainly been attached to a number of projects over the past few years including Stretch Armstrong.  He most recently signed on to helm Vin Diesel in the fantasy actioner The Last Witch Hunter, but it’s unclear whether Karate Kid 2 would precede that project.  One imagines Sony wants to get going on the Karate Kid sequel sooner rather than later, so Witch Hunter might have to wait a bit.

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  • Steven

    The reboot was actually a stronger film than the original. Sure it wasn’t as iconic but still.

    • Gary Collins

      Stronger than the orginial? Are you 15 years old or something, did you not grow up with the original. The remake was piece of garbage that didn’t work and was just more of Will Smith trying in vain to give his son some acting career that he’s not getting doing shit like After Earth. And also because his son hasn’t got his talent at all. The only thing the remake had going for it was Jackie Chan who did another performance that proved he could do dramatics which he’s already done several times before.

      • Steven

        I did grow up with the original but certain parts haven’t aged all that well.

        I think the Smith kid is actually alright in the right role. Chan was superb in it.

      • Gary Collins

        Chan’s always good in his movies. There’s no surprise there, that kid, he’s jerky and mumbling his lines and being bland. He’s no Ralph Macchio. That other kid is no William Zabka, and that Chinese Instructor guy is no Martin Kove. So let’s just say that, and I consider Karate Kid from 1984 a classic and not something that is easily improved and it wasn’t at all. Also The 1984 movie was not 140 minutes long, it was a nice clean 2 hour movie without the added back fat.

      • Mike

        It’s not like William Zabka is some household name, made famous by that role. Don’t act like you didn’t IMDB him.

      • Gary Collins

        William Zabka’s career floundered admittingly, but so will Jaden Smith’s probably. He and that asian kid that played the bad guy in the first one.

      • Diego Fernando Salazar Proaño

        Hey, William Zabka is THE Karate Kid… a hero for Barney Stinson and also a poet!

        OK, I think I have to get over HIMYM, sorry

    • LEM

      Sure that’s why if I see “The Karate Kid” as I’m flipping through the channel menu I always hit info to see if I should flip to it.

  • October_1985

    The remake was crap, but kind of watchable thanks to a decent direction and the presence of Jackie Chan. Good look now trying to make people pay to watch Jaden “After Earth” Smith. That kid gotta be one of the worst actors I’ve ever seen.

    • Gary Collins

      Jackie Chan only good thing about the movie. But I’ve seen Chan play dramatic before so his role is even more pointless as I thought to myself I could be watching Crime Story or I don’t know New Police Story. Maybe go watch Shinjuku Incident.

  • Drake

    I’m one of the few (like single digits) people who loved Eisner’s first movie, Sahara. It’s pure dumb fun at its very finest, with Matthew McConaughey and Steve Zahn firing on all cylinders. I’m probably the only one who loves it though…

    • Gary Collins

      You mean TBS’ favorite movie.

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  • VicManMan

    I actually liked the reboot. They should have called it Kung Fu Kid, though.

  • LEM

    I think public opinion of this kid has gotten so bad recently that anything with him will bomb.

    • Gary Collins

      But Jackie Chan still attracts money.

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Jaden Smith is the worst kid actor in the history of cinema.
    After Earth was so bad that I almost cried.

    • Mike

      Did you see it? If so, why did you waste your time and/or money?

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I watched it for free.
        I was hoping all the reviews were wrong. But alas, it was worse than what I thought.

  • kw

    I can’t believe there is a single person on earth that enjoyed this. Jaden Smith might be the worst thing that ever happened to Hollywood.

    • Gary Collins

      Jackie Chan brings in the audiences admittingly.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    After the suprisingly good film The Crazies I really though Eisner was going to follow up w something decent. He was suppose to be working on a remake for The Creature of The Black Lagoon, which would have been a cool remake as it’s a very dated film. But instead we get a sequel in an inferior remake w the bratty Smith kid. SMH. Disapointed to say the least.

    • Gary Collins

      I’ll take my original Crazies movie to the failed remake that tried to be Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead all over again. Please, don’t remake the Creature of the black lagoon.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        No way. The Crazies remake was a much more slower film than Snyder’s DOTD film and took it’s time w building suspense. The Creature of the Black Lagoon would be the perfect film to be remade. Just think of The ’86 Fly remake w Jeff Goldblum in comparison. W the right creative force behind it the film could be amazing.

      • Gary Collins

        This guy is no David Cronenberg. The Crazies was totally riding the Dawn of the Dead remake fast zombies bus.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Agree that he’s no Cronenberg but he could still bring something new to the table.

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