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Just a couple of months ago, Sony Pictures had secured The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner to direct Karate Kid 2, a vehicle that would give Jaden Smith a chance to redeem himself following the failure of After Earth. But now Eisner is gone, and producers are bringing in two new screenwriters to once again retool the sequel's script. Deadline reports Breck Eisner has left Karate Kid 2 over scheduling conflicts. No mention is made of what project could be conflicting with the long-in-the-works sequel to the 2010 reboot. However, it's suggested that script troubles are to blame for the schedule shakeup. Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff were originally brought in to pen the pic, but this latest report reveals Sony has since hired Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer to write a new version of the screenplay. The level of the rewrite is currently unknown. That said, if this is the cause of the »
Will Poulter (We're the Millers) has joined the cast of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and (reportedly) Tom Hardy. The movie is based on the Michael Punke novel centering on an 1820s frontiersman on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling. Production begins this fall. Variety Joe Carnahan (The Grey, "The Blacklist") has had a tough go in the feature film world as his latest movie, Stretch, is currently sitting in limbo, but that isn't stopping him from moving forward with another project as he's set to direct Five Against a Bullet for Sony Pictures. The story follows five bodyguards hired to protect a Mexican politician over the course of a contentious election after his father is murdered by a drug cartel. Carnahan is expected to do a little rewriting on the script. The Wrap Breck Eisner (The Crazies »
- Brad Brevet
Friedman and Palmer, who are known for their action comedy scripts, are taking over for Zak Penn and team Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, who previously worked on the script. Previously, Breck Eisner was set to direct the sequel, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
The original movie, directed by Harald Zwart, was a reboot of the 1984 classic starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, and opened big with $55.6 million in June 2011, before going on to gross $359 million worldwide.
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It was only back in April when Breck Eisner (The Crazies) had signed on to direct a sequel to the reboot of The Karate Kid, but it looks like he has already parted ways according to Deadline. Although it’s not what you’d think, it’s just because of scheduling difficulties. No new director has been announced nor has a shortlist.
In other Karate Kid news, the studio have also hired two new writers to punch up the script. Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer (neither of whom have writing credits to their names) have been brought on to re-write the Karate Kid 2 script which was originally penned by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Ethan Reiff (Kung Fu Panda) and Cyrus Voris (Bulletproof Monk).
- Luke Owen
Just a month or two after it was revealed that Breck Eisner had landed the job of directing the follow-up to the successful Karate Kid remake, it's now been revealed that he's left the project. Eisner, who last directed the impressive The Crazies, has departed The Karate Kid 2 due to a schedule conflict (possibly with The Last Witch Hunter, which is set to star Vin Diesel). The hunt is on for a new director.
Sony and Will Smith‘s Overbrook Entertainment have hired screenwriting team Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer to write Karate Kid 2, which now has an empty director’s chair as Breck Eisner has exited due to conflicting schedules. The scribes follow Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris and Zak Penn, who previously had been tapped to write the sequel. Friedman and Palmer’s action comedy script Family Getaway made the 2010 Black List, and the pair was subsequently hired to script the Bodyguard remake for Warner Bros-based Lin Pictures. They earned more press in 2012 when they sold their Die Hard-esque pitch Speeding Bullet […] »
Karate Kid 2 has kicked up some new writers. Photos Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer have been tapped to work on the script for the sequel to Sony's and Overbrook’s hit 2010 movie that starred Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. The duo are the latest scribes on the project; Zak Penn and team Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris also have worked on the script. Photos '80s Action Stars: Where Are They Now? Breck Eisner was on board as director but is no longer involved, and sources cited a scheduling conflict as the reason for his departure. While
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Slowly but surely, Sony is still moving forward with a sequel to the 2010 remake The Karate Kid. It’s been a few years since we’ve heard solid word regarding the project, but it appears that the studio is keen on getting it off the ground now as Deadline reports that Breck Eisner has been set as the director. Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) directed the first film with Jaden Smith assuming the lead role and Jackie Chan playing his mentor. Against a $40 million budget, the pic grossed $176.5 million stateside and an impressive $182.5 million overseas, ensuring that a follow-up will have crossover appeal in international markets. Hit the jump for more on the follow-up. Per Deadline, Smith and Chan will reprise their roles from the first film, but no plot information is known at this time. Last we heard, Kung Fu Panda scribes Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff »
- Adam Chitwood
We reported in August 2010 that writers Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (Kung Fu Panda, Robin Hood) came aboard to write the script, with Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand) signing on for a rewrite in February 2012. No story details have been released at this time.
Harald Zwart directed The Karate Kid reboot, which followed a young man (Jaden Smith) who moves with his mother (Taraji P. Henson) from Detroit to China, where he is taught kung fu by an eccentric martial arts master (Jackie Chan). The film earned $343 million worldwide during its theatrical run.
9 items from 2014
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