The rumor that Will Smith’s 10-year-old son Jaden would star in a remake/sequel of The Karate Kid has been around for a while now and always seemed too ridiculous to be true. But this is Hollywood, so just think of the stupidest thing you can imagine multiplied by 100 and of course someone will produce it.
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. China Film Group Corp. will co-produce in China. [Lending credence to earlier, still unconfirmed rumors that it would be renamed Kung Fu Kid and that they wanted Stephen Chow to direct -Ed.]
The younger Smith, who next stars in “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” is a martial arts practitioner. [Variety]
No, he’s not. He’s a little kid. A little kid whose parents make him act. And between fame as a child actor and parents that are borderline scientologists, you know he’s going to end up just like that Power Ranger who drowned people and cut his dick off. Or worse, Danny Masterson.