November 11, 2008
Get ready to wax-on and wax-off. OK... so all "Kid"ing aside... Variety Magazine is reporting that Will Smith's son Jaden Smith will star in The Karate Kid remake to be produced by Will Smith. Columbia Pictures is set to remake the 1984 movie which starred Ralph Macchio (as the kid) and Pat Morita as his karate mentor. Morita was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the Academy and Golden Globe.
Jaden Smith made his film debut with his father in The Pursuit of Happyness and will also be seen in next month's The Day the Earth Stood Still. Boy, how many of you wish your father was a movie star? Easy ticket to a great life! But that aside...
It is rumored that the new film will follow the classic formula of bullied youth meets karate mentor leading to be schooled in martial arts -- very original. But what I don't understand is how is this going to work given Jaden Smith is only 10 years old. I for one cannot stand kid ninja movies and will not pay to see anything shy of exceeding the story of the original The Karate Kid film.