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Jaden Smith = The Next Karate Kid?

We all know that Hollywood is extremely remake-happy these days, so I'm not even going to resist the Karate Kid remake news because it was probably bound to happen, right? Now moving onto the casting: Jaden Smith is first in line to play the lead role, the Kid himself, in a new version of the 1984 pop culture staple. Variety has more info:

The script is being written by Chris Murphy, and the film will shoot next year in Beijing and other cities. While the new film will be set in that exotic locale, it will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.

The younger Smith, who next stars in The Day the Earth Stood Still, is a martial arts practitioner.

That little Jaden Smith is so adorable. Thoughts on the next Karate Kid? Are you annoyed this is being remade at all? If it has to happen, is Jaden a good fit?

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emmettC emmettC 8 years
well this has cash cow written all over it. little will smith is a pretty talented actor though. i'd watch it out of curiosity more than anything else. for those who are sick of hollywood remakes, there are still people making fresh martial arts movies though -
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well first off i don't know if there's really a market for this movie - we know that there were soo many version of the original and that hilary swank was actually the 'next karate kid' - but this is just too much. i guess we'll see if he's able to carry a movie and if his parents passed along their acting chops to him.
pargie pargie 8 years
He's too young! And you can't remake a classic like that--it was perfect.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Ugh, we don't need a remake. On a positive note, it's can't be any worse than Hilary Swank's version.
fashion4ward fashion4ward 8 years
NOOO! I love The Karate Kid! I agree- enough remakes! If they actually go through with that Footloose remake I'm gonna kill myself!
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 8 years
STOP with the damn remakes already!! I grew up watching that movie and don't want to see any remake. Are the writers unable to make up their own ideas or something?
niqua230 niqua230 8 years
I agree Lavinie he is too little to be able to fight off bullies,but they may make the bullies small as him.
MissyB1984 MissyB1984 8 years
The orginal was way before I was even born, so I wouldnt mind seeing a remade version, and I think Jaden is so darn cute
PinkNC PinkNC 8 years
Mm, I don't know what to say about this one. You're right, he is too young, I forgot about that one. And I have been tired of the remakes for a looooong time now. I'm suprised the idea of doing a remake movie is honestly considered in the industry. Almost no one appreciates them lately.
Lavinie Lavinie 8 years
i don't think this is a good idea.. jaden is so small and too young for the part... i mean - really?! HE's going to be able to fight off bullies like in the original? it doesn't so believable at all.. i can't help but feel - nepitism played a HUUUUUUGE role in this.. and btw - really - can we come up with original movies now? i think it's time.. tick tock tick tock
CAgirl25 CAgirl25 8 years
I love karate kid!!! And Jaden Smith is such an adorable kid. I will definitely watch it!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Whatever. I'm so over all the remakes. Don't those people get paid to be creative?
Black-Velveteen Black-Velveteen 8 years
^ I agree. What ever happened to original movie storylines and ideas? Hollywood just seems to be be rehashing the same type of movies every few years. :(
Im-Just-Me Im-Just-Me 8 years
Oh this is going to far...first of all the kids like 8...and secondly is Hollywood running out of fresh ideas? I mean come on...I'm really not liking this while remake trend that I am seeing...what's next?
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