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06.16.2009

Just one month before filming is set to begin on the Will Smith produced KARATE KID remake, the studio has hired a new writer to do some "work" on the script. Steven Conrad, who previously worked with Smith on THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, will spend the next few weeks sweeping the proverbial knee of the original draft written by Chris Murphy. The exact nature of the work (major changes or a minor polish?) remain to be seen and while it's certain to get a lot of negative spin on the web, it's not an uncommon move for a project to get a last minute tweak (what's odd is that the studio announced it). The film stars Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson in, well, THE KARATE KID. The only differences being that the story takes place in Japan and this one has no Martin Kove (Fatal Flaw #1). Harald Zwart is directing the film for Sony.

Extra Tidbit: The KARATE KID theme, "You're the Best," was originally written for ROCKY III.
Source: THR

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2:10PM on 06/17/2009

who cares

The original sucked, personally I think they should just forget about this movie and let it die with time. Why the hell do people like this movie, childhood nostalgia?
The original sucked, personally I think they should just forget about this movie and let it die with time. Why the hell do people like this movie, childhood nostalgia?
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10:28PM on 06/16/2009
A local radio station had Jada P-Smith on this morning talking about her new T.V. show and the hosts asked her about this. Apparently the Smith clan is leaving for China in a week or two so Smith the Younger can study Wu-Shu with Jackie Chan. I was driving to work and threw up a little in my coffee. Sounds like we're getting a disposable kids flick but at least we'll always have the original.
A local radio station had Jada P-Smith on this morning talking about her new T.V. show and the hosts asked her about this. Apparently the Smith clan is leaving for China in a week or two so Smith the Younger can study Wu-Shu with Jackie Chan. I was driving to work and threw up a little in my coffee. Sounds like we're getting a disposable kids flick but at least we'll always have the original.
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6:37PM on 06/16/2009
Sounds like the script sucked. Can't say I'm surprised.
Sounds like the script sucked. Can't say I'm surprised.
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5:39PM on 06/16/2009
I feel hollywood should do more ripping off movies, instead of remaking then...atleast that way they wouldnt have to live up to anything
I feel hollywood should do more ripping off movies, instead of remaking then...atleast that way they wouldnt have to live up to anything
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5:39PM on 06/16/2009
I feel hollywood should do more ripping off movies, instead of remaking then...atleast that way they wouldnt have to live up to anything
I feel hollywood should do more ripping off movies, instead of remaking then...atleast that way they wouldnt have to live up to anything
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12:14PM on 06/16/2009
Can't wait!
Can't wait!
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11:55AM on 06/16/2009

Bad news all over

No Pat Morita. No Karate kid.

No Pat Morita. No Karate kid.

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11:02AM on 06/16/2009

Shit written all over it

Why do you even bother posting news about this film? You know it's going to suck, so why bother? It has Will Smith's spoiled brat son and Will himself as a producer. What can go wrong.

Oh yeah, sure. Jackie Chan can replace Pat Morita any day. What can go wrong.
Why do you even bother posting news about this film? You know it's going to suck, so why bother? It has Will Smith's spoiled brat son and Will himself as a producer. What can go wrong.

Oh yeah, sure. Jackie Chan can replace Pat Morita any day. What can go wrong.
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11:02AM on 06/16/2009
I will only check it out if they leave the Joe Esposito song in it.

You’re the Best!
Around!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-ow-own!!
I will only check it out if they leave the Joe Esposito song in it.

You’re the Best!
Around!
Nothing’s gonna ever keep you dow-ow-ow-ow-own!!
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10:52AM on 06/16/2009
Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important.
Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important.
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10:52AM on 06/16/2009

You're the best!

While this movie will suck, I will most likely have to watch it for one reason or another. The only thing I can hope for is a classic 80's movie style montage with the 'You're the best' playing.
While this movie will suck, I will most likely have to watch it for one reason or another. The only thing I can hope for is a classic 80's movie style montage with the 'You're the best' playing.
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10:26AM on 06/16/2009
This can only mean bad news. And Harald Zwart directing? That guy did Agent Cody Banks! Is that the type of movie we're getting?
This can only mean bad news. And Harald Zwart directing? That guy did Agent Cody Banks! Is that the type of movie we're getting?
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10:08AM on 06/16/2009
I am never going to watch this remake ever, how freaking dare they!!!!
I am never going to watch this remake ever, how freaking dare they!!!!
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10:06AM on 06/16/2009
Why is Joblo even reporting this shit!!!
Why is Joblo even reporting this shit!!!
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10:04AM on 06/16/2009
"...will spend the next few weeks sweeping the proverbial knee of the original draft written by Chris Murphy."

SWEEP THE LEG, not the knee. The line is "sweep the leg". Man, if you are going to do a reference, do it right!

Kids don't like watching older movies. So they remake them so the kids will spend the money on them. And parents have the nostalgia. But this is still a bad idea. This movie caught lightning in a bottle, and I don't know how they expect to do it again with a remake.
"...will spend the next few weeks sweeping the proverbial knee of the original draft written by Chris Murphy."

SWEEP THE LEG, not the knee. The line is "sweep the leg". Man, if you are going to do a reference, do it right!

Kids don't like watching older movies. So they remake them so the kids will spend the money on them. And parents have the nostalgia. But this is still a bad idea. This movie caught lightning in a bottle, and I don't know how they expect to do it again with a remake.
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9:18AM on 06/16/2009
dammit i just puked all over my bed now from being sick and tired of reading about all these damn remakes, hollywood is pisssing me off!
dammit i just puked all over my bed now from being sick and tired of reading about all these damn remakes, hollywood is pisssing me off!
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9:15AM on 06/16/2009
No Martin Kove No Billy Zabka.

NO Thanks.
No Martin Kove No Billy Zabka.

NO Thanks.
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