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Breck Eisner to direct Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in The Karate Kid 2

Apr. 7, 2014by:

Four years after THE KARATE KID returned to theaters in a film featuring no karate, we are getting a sequel that will reunite Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. This time, however, the man behind the camera will be Breck Eisner. Eisner is best known for directing SAHARA and THE CRAZIES and has long been associated with both a STRETCH ARMSTRONG and a FLASH GORDON movie.

THE KARATE KID grossed almost $350 million worldwide so a sequel was pretty much guaranteed. The original trilogy starring Pat Norita and Ralph Macchio was an iconic one from the 1980s and early 1990s. The first attempted reboot/sequel starred Hilary Swank. While Jaden Smith has received a lot of flack for his acting ability in movies like AFTER EARTH, THE KARATE KID was a fairly decent family film even if not quite as memorable as the 1984 version.

There is no plot or release date as of yet for THE KARATE KID 2 which will have to incorporate the significant physical change in Jaden Smith's appearance over the last few years. Will the film retain the same plot as the first movie or will we encounter more puberty-centric plot elements for the follow-up? I would expect to see THE KARATE KID sequel begin filming this year for release sometime next year.

Extra Tidbit: Will THE KARATE KID take a cue from STAR TREK and go with a colon-less subtitle to avoid confusion with the 1986 sequel? KARATE KID INTO DARKNESS anyone?
Source: Deadline

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12:01PM on 04/08/2014

Nice!

People are so stupid. Nostalgia aside, the originals were campy. I just rewatched them all & couldn't believe I loved them as a kid. The reboot was a good family movie. People bash it because they hate Jaden. I'm not a fan of his either but I loved the movie & can't wait for the sequel.
People are so stupid. Nostalgia aside, the originals were campy. I just rewatched them all & couldn't believe I loved them as a kid. The reboot was a good family movie. People bash it because they hate Jaden. I'm not a fan of his either but I loved the movie & can't wait for the sequel.
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10:15AM on 04/08/2014
Maybe his sister, a musical prodigy, can start doing the soundtracks to J-Dogs movies.
Maybe his sister, a musical prodigy, can start doing the soundtracks to J-Dogs movies.
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5:10AM on 04/08/2014
Come on...the only good things about the original Karate Kids movies is perhaps the first movie...and then nostalgia. I will always remember it for Ralph getting his ass handed to him on a regular basis but then with a little trickery/distractive action would sucker punch the so called villains and win the match (the line "theatricality and deception are powerful agents" would not be out of place in these movies). Apart from the "Karate" Kid reboot actually being about Kung Fu, there are few
Come on...the only good things about the original Karate Kids movies is perhaps the first movie...and then nostalgia. I will always remember it for Ralph getting his ass handed to him on a regular basis but then with a little trickery/distractive action would sucker punch the so called villains and win the match (the line "theatricality and deception are powerful agents" would not be out of place in these movies). Apart from the "Karate" Kid reboot actually being about Kung Fu, there are few nit picking points - the movie is a lot of fun, with the fights in this movie being so much better than those in the original movies (I did enjoy the end fight in Karate Kid 2 though) and lets not forget the performance from Jackie Chan...god, who didn't shed a tear at his story. My only other nit pick is that the scene that had him fight the bad kid's coach...coz the bad coach got in to a hissy fit - was deleted - it was a tense fight that would not have been out of place had it remained in the movie given all the set up that came before it.
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9:44PM on 04/07/2014
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the remake. Changing "wax on, wax off" to the trick with the jacket was pretty clever. Also, it's just about the best dramatic performance Jackie Chan has given in his life, on par with something like Crime Story or even Shinjuku Incident. Jackie Chan should make more of these films since he's said he wants to gradually step away from full-on action leading parts. I thought Jaden was fine in it. Of course, this was before After Earth...
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the remake. Changing "wax on, wax off" to the trick with the jacket was pretty clever. Also, it's just about the best dramatic performance Jackie Chan has given in his life, on par with something like Crime Story or even Shinjuku Incident. Jackie Chan should make more of these films since he's said he wants to gradually step away from full-on action leading parts. I thought Jaden was fine in it. Of course, this was before After Earth...
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7:21PM on 04/07/2014
Wax On.
Fuck Off.
Wax On.
Fuck Off.
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6:17PM on 04/07/2014
The remake was better than I thought it was going to be so I welcome a sequel. Please no CGI karate though. Teach Jaden the karate for real. Give Ralph macchio a part too.
The remake was better than I thought it was going to be so I welcome a sequel. Please no CGI karate though. Teach Jaden the karate for real. Give Ralph macchio a part too.
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6:13PM on 04/07/2014
I grew up with KARATE KID and thought they were the great, but they did not hold up at all. Looking back, they should have called it Karate Men. Half the supposed kids in the film look like 35 year olds. The remake was actually really good.
I grew up with KARATE KID and thought they were the great, but they did not hold up at all. Looking back, they should have called it Karate Men. Half the supposed kids in the film look like 35 year olds. The remake was actually really good.
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5:42PM on 04/07/2014

Awesome

Makes sense financially & artistically. Jackie Chan was a HUGE upgrade from Pat Morita.
Makes sense financially & artistically. Jackie Chan was a HUGE upgrade from Pat Morita.
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5:42PM on 04/07/2014
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5:35PM on 04/07/2014
WE GET THIS BUT A STUDIO STILL CAN'T GREENLIGHT A SEQUEL TO DREDD???
WE GET THIS BUT A STUDIO STILL CAN'T GREENLIGHT A SEQUEL TO DREDD???
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5:04PM on 04/07/2014

Memo to Big Willie...

I'm sick of your kids. No more, please.
Signed,
The World
I'm sick of your kids. No more, please.
Signed,
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4:52PM on 04/07/2014
Why are they even making a sequel to that stupid movie?
Why are they even making a sequel to that stupid movie?
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4:19PM on 04/07/2014

I actually didn't hate the new Karate Kid (but it REALLY should have been called the Kung-Fu Kid).

Here's hoping Jaden can work his hack-fraud-amateur bullshit philosophical tweets in to it.
Seriously, that would make me see it in theaters, day one.
Here's hoping Jaden can work his hack-fraud-amateur bullshit philosophical tweets in to it.
Seriously, that would make me see it in theaters, day one.
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4:07PM on 04/07/2014

I hear that to explain his talll physical appearance

His character fails a lot making him 21 year old still in high school and hitting up young nubile teenagers.
His character fails a lot making him 21 year old still in high school and hitting up young nubile teenagers.
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3:59PM on 04/07/2014

Ugh, first remake was crap.

Jaden just lacks any talent or presence that his father had. He is just a famous spoiled kid who is hell bent on trying to be like his dad. He just sucks and isn't interesting. He has the personality of a dry sponge. Also, FOR SHAME Jackie Chan, For SHAME!
Jaden just lacks any talent or presence that his father had. He is just a famous spoiled kid who is hell bent on trying to be like his dad. He just sucks and isn't interesting. He has the personality of a dry sponge. Also, FOR SHAME Jackie Chan, For SHAME!
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