Having already mastered the ancient art of “Kung Fu for Pandas,” the writing-team of Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda) are now poised to take on karate (for humans). Heat Vision is reporting that the two have landed the coveted gig of penning the sequel to Harald Zwart’s The Karate Kid starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. To be honest, given the immediate decision to make a sequel, I’m a little surprised that it took almost two and a half months for Columbia to name a writer(s). Then again, I guess you can never be too careful when putting together a film that mass audiences are most likely going to see regardless of if it was written by able-minded gents such as Voris and Reiff or a less apt writer with a lower price tag (like myself for instance).
As of now, Columbia is declining to release any setting or plot details for the sequel (the guys just got hired, give them a chance to celebrate). In spite of its approximately $40 million budget, 2010’s The Karate Kid has grossed nearly $300 million worldwide. In short, be prepared for a long line of “new” Karate Kid films to come your way in the future.
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