In case you hadn't heard, a remake of the 1984 favorite 'The Karate Kid' is set to fight its way into theaters on June 11, 2010 -- and we're guessing fans of the original are wondering what the deal is. To that end, here's a rundown of what we know about the flick thus far. Start practicing your crane kick.
In case you hadn't heard, a remake of the 1984 favorite 'The Karate Kid' is set to fight its way into theaters on June 11, 2010 -- and we're guessing fans of the original are wondering what the deal is. To that end, here's a rundown of what we know about the flick thus far.
For starters, the movie employed the working title of 'The Kung Fu Kid' for a while, but Sony has done the smart thing and renamed it, well, 'The Karate Kid.' Jaden Smith (Will's son) takes over for Ralph Macchio as the titular kid, while Jackie Chan tackles the role of the inspirational, goatee-sporting, bon-mot-spouting karate sensei, so memorably portrayed by the late Pat Morita in four 'Karate' installments.
The plot will follow the key points of the beloved Ralph Macchio flick, about a boy who turns to martial arts after being bullied. The action is now set in China and the main character's name has been changed from Daniel to Dre, and his mentor is called Mr. Han instead of Mr. Miyagi. And judging by photos from the set that have popped up online at Filmofilia, it looks like Dre won't be getting any by-the-books training from Mr. Han.
Macchio (who turns -- gasp! -- 48 tomorrow) can currently be seen as Hilda Suarez's politician boyfriend on 'Ugly Betty,' but is still best known for his role as underdog Daniel(san) Larusso. Macchio is among those who aren't sure a remake of such a beloved film is a good idea. As he recently told MTV.com, "It feels pretty good that some people are pretty angry that they're trying to remake 'The Karate Kid.' ... From my personal view, the filling the void of what Mr. Miyagi was -- and the magic of that character -- is going to be the toughest task. I [also] don't know where the romantic story-arc goes [with the character] at that age."
The only other cast member listed at the moment is Taraji P. Henson as, we assume, Smith's mother, who moves her son to Beijing. And Harald Zwart, who previously helmed 'Agent Cody Banks' and 'The Pink Panther 2,' is directing.
Will the new flick honor the memory of its '80s feel-good predecessor? Or is the mere idea of a remake a punch below the belt?
|Yes, sensei!||805 (11.8%)|
|No, sensei!||5856 (85.5%)|
|What's a sensei?||190 (2.8%)|