Jaden Smith is the Next Next 'Karate Kid'

November 11, 2008

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Jaden Smith, the ten-year-old son of Will Smith, has been lined up to star in a remake of The Karate Kid. Which is strange because he's ten. Previously it was feared, now it's official:

Columbia Pictures is back in the dojo with a new version of the 1984 hit "The Karate Kid," which has been refashioned as a star vehicle for Jaden Smith.

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 film will shoot in Beijing and other cities, and will star a ten-year-old? So basically, this is The Karate Kid in its pandering name choice only. Otherwise it's Three Ninjas, but with one ninja, and he's Jaden Smith. This sounds like the kind of movie where fending off bullies is balanced with foiling a team of bumbling jewel thieves; the kind of movie where, at some point, Jaden Smith is "surfing" on something inappropriate to take out the bad guys.

Let's start the speculation on who will play the "eccentric mentor." The Chinese setting makes Jackie Chan an early prospect, but I could just as easily see Steve Carell or Samuel L. Jackson letting the kid out of the duffel bag to attack. What do you think?

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