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Remake News: Casting Mr. Miyagi and a Return to Eden

Two remake-related items making news today:

  1. The makers of The Karate Kid remake have found their Mr. Miyagi in Jackie Chan.
  2. The remake of East of Eden is really happening, as evidenced by the hiring of a director (Tom Hooper, who directed John Adams) and a screenwriter (Christopher Hampton, who wrote the Atonement screenplay).

Some thoughts:

  1. My feelings about a remake of The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith aside, Mr. Miyagi is many things Jackie Chan isn't: Calm, reasonable, wise, deliberate. Jackie Chan is an entertaining guy but let's face it, he's totally spazzy high energy. I mean, I might actually die of laughter if I find myself in a movie theater watching Jackie Chan seriously delivering the line, "Wax on. Wax off."
  2. And East of Eden. I really like the book and I understand why a director would want to try his hand at bringing this tale to the big screen (again), but the original version, starring the beautiful James Dean, is pretty perfect. It's a little sad but totally expected from Hollywood at this point.
  3. What do you think of this news? Disappointing? Exciting? A little of both?

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Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
They should NOT be doing a remake of Karate Kid, and they definitely should not be using Jackie Chan. Love Jackie, but he just doesn't fit. They should use my Dad (check out the move 21, about 30 minutes in... the Chinatown Host). :-)
emmettC emmettC 8 years
i love jackie chan. i wish he would do some more of his old school style films though. even if he takes a step back from being the hero. hollywood doesn't make action like asia. anyone seen ong bak? or films like shanty town show down?
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I wish Hollywood would come up with some original ideas, for once.
chow chow 8 years
i adore jackie chan but i dont see him in that role.
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
But I could TOTALLY see Ryan Gosling in East of Eden!
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
I agree Mariana, James Dean is so good in East of Eden. Watch, they will cast James Franco! No, as good of an actor as I think Franco is, that would be a mistake for sure. He already played James Dean in a biopic. I think I am okay with a remake of East of Eden. Just as long as they don't try to remake Rebel without a Cause because that is one James Dean movie that should never be touched!
Mariana48 Mariana48 8 years
dont ruin east of eden! i just dont think anyone could play cal the way james dean did, assuming they will center the movie in that part of the book. this movie is my favorite and its just wrong that they keep re making classics like this one!
Deidre Deidre 8 years
The Karate Kid remake is just horrendous and lame all around. Honestly, I'm REALLY tired of remakes and would like to see less movies released if it means that it'll be newer material. But, I'm ok with Hollywood giving East of Eden another go since it sounds like good writing/directing on board (although I LOVE the original). The first movie sort of ignored the first half of the novel -- so it's uncharted territory on film. That gives it the boost, in my opinion.
sumbum sumbum 8 years
I totally agree w/ you Buzz on the KK news. I really like JC, but he is no Mr. Miyagi. I hope they don't name the character Mr. Miyagi, that would be so lame & unoriginal (or maybe its fitting, since the thought of a remake is essentially lame & unoriginal)
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
The new Karate Kid should be interesting. I agree, seeing Jackie Chan do the "Wax on, wax off" line should be hilarious. LOL
Lukin Lukin 8 years
"East of Eden" is my all-time favorite book, and I'm actually excited to see what another director can bring to the screen. The Dean version is good, but it never really did it for me.
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