Take a look at the first pictures of Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan on the set of The Karate Kid remake, The Kung Fu Kid. Filming on the remake has begun in Beijing, and SpoilerTV was able to snap a few photos of all the action.
The new movie stars Chan as the wise kung-fu master, and Smith will play the young disciple.
Directed by Harald Zwart (One Night at McCool’s, The Pink Panther 2) and written by Chris Murphy and Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) , The Kung Fu Kid is scheduled to hit theaters on June 11th, 2010.
- Allan Ford
Read ‘em and weep, boys. The remake of ‘Karate Kid,’ newly titled ‘Kung Fu Kid,’ is happening, and it is happening as we speak. The fine folks over at SpoilerTV were kind enough to unveil these new set pics to offer proof that, indeed, this film is getting made, Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith are starring, and it offers up some interesting, ‘Saw’-like traps. Okay, that last part might not be true, but we can always dream, can’t we?
Filming is currently underway in Beijing under the direction of Harald Zwart. The film is set to release on June 11th, 2010.
They weren't kidding about the re-imagining of The Karate Kid that will star Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. As proof, the folks at Spoiler TV have posted several images from the set of The Kung-Fu Kid. This is the first evidence we've seen of the Will Smith-produced project and I'm sure it will spark some outrage, as Jackie Chan looks nothing like Pat Morita. Jaden Smith stars as Dre, a skateboarding video game buff who is forced to move to China after his single mother (Taraji P. Henson) transfers there for work. Unable to speak Chinese, Dre finds it hard to settle down and fit in, leading him to an unfortunate confrontation with a local bully. Jackie Chan is Mr. Han, a maintenance man who spots the scars of Dre's encounter and offers to teach him martial arts and Chinese, so that he can defend himself against the students of Li Quan Ha's Fighting Dragon School »
- Neil Miller
This is the first set photo I've seen from the Will Smith-produced remake/re-imagining of The Karate Kid, which thankfully has officially been retitled The Kung-Fu Kid. What are they doing? As you probably know by now, Jaden Smith plays Dre, a skateboarding video game buff who is forced to move to China after his single mother (Taraji P. Henson) is forced to transfer to the China for work. Of course, unable to speak Chinese, Dre finds it hard to settle in, and gets beat up by the local bully. Jackie Chan plays Mr. Han (the Mr. Miyagi character), a maintenance man who spots Dre's black-eye and offers to teach him both martial arts and Chinese, so he can defend against the students of Li Quan Ha's Fighting dragon school of Kung-Fu. Directed by Harald Zwart (The Pink Panther 2) and written by Chris Murphy and Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness »
- Peter Sciretta
Britain’s The Daily Mail has your first look at Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith on the set of their “Karate Kid” remake, since redubbed “The Kung Fu Kid”. Frankly, they should have called it that in the first place and just don’t ever mention the “Karate Kid” remake part. That way, they would have saved themselves a lot of grief, considering that they won’t even be trading on the “Karate Kid” name when it’s time to sell the movie to the masses. I’m just sayin’. In the movie, Jaden Smith plays a young American kid who arrives in Beijing, China with his re-located single mother. When he’s bullied by the locals, Smith comes to the attention of his building’s super, played by Jackie Chan, who teaches the kid the art of self-defense. He uses his newfound skills to beat up people and steal their money. »
Production began this past weekend on The Karate Kid remake which was recently renamed to Kung Fu Kid. The film stars Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, as a westerner who is taken under the wing of a kung fu master, played by Jackie Chan. Jaden will undoubtedly get beaten to a pulp at some point, learn the ways of kung fu, and return to show his attackers who the boss is. Per Variety, the three-month shoot will take place mostly if not entirely in and around Beijing. Harald Zwart of The Pink Panther 2 is handling directorial duties while the elder Smith serves as a producer. Kung Fu Kid is expected in theaters in 2010. »
The Karate Kid remake, titled Kung Fu Kid began filming in Beijing, China this week, reports Variety. The film stars Jackie Chan as the wise kung-fu master and Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, as the eager young student.
If you remember, The Karate Kid starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita debuted in June 1984. It may have been overshadowed by two other releases earlier that month, Ghostbusters and Gremlins, but The Karate Kid slowly gained a cult following. There was enough of a fan base that Part II and Part III followed in 1986 and 1989 respectively (yes, The Next Karate Kid came out in 1994 but we’ll try to forget that one).
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- David Pohl
A remake of the classic ’80s movie, The Karate Kid, is something that, when announced, was met with the same groans and “Please no!” responses (from most folks out there) similar to about every other dreaded remake. The fact that they reportedly changed the name to Kung Fu Kid, as well as the storyline that was reported being a bit on the cheesy side, didn’t exactly help matters.
Today we get the news that the title of this remake has officially been changed to Kung Fu Kid.
Admittedly it makes sense since it’s Kung Fu our lead learns and not Karate as in the original. Playing the lead is Will Smith’s son, Jayden, as a kid (would you have guessed it?) who moves to China with his mum, gets bullied at school, and eventually ends up learning Kung Fu from Mr. Han (Jackie Chan, playing the remake’s equivalent of Mr. »
- Ross Miller
In the original, the late Pat Morita created one of the most iconic characters in movie history, the Karate master known simply as "Mr. Miyagi." He mentored Daniel Larusso, played by Ralph Macchio, a high-school kid who suffers humiliation and physical abuse at the hands of bullies who take karate from a slave-driver coach with a serious attitude problem.
Chan will apparently be a second incarnation of the Miyagi role, and the part of the young pupil will be played by Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith who starred alongside his father in The Pursuit of Happyness. Will Smith is also acting as one of the movie's producers.
It's strange that Kung Fu Kid's being called »
- Rich Z Zwelling
He’s seemingly been attached for ages, but Jackie Chan has finally been confirmed as starring in Kung-Fu Kid. He’ll play a wise kung-fu master who tutors young Jaden Smith (last seen in The Day The Earth Stood Still, below) in the ways of China’s most famous martial arts. What started as a basic remake of The Karate Kid – with Jaden Smith in the Ralph Macchio role and Chan taking over from Pat Morita’s Mr Miyagi – has now mutated into a China-set kung-fu version. Harald Zwart, who brought the world...
- James White
The Associated Press is reporting that the remake of "The Karate Kid" has started filming in the Chinese capital during the weekend and that the new tile of the film is "Kung Fu Kid." The new movie stars Jackie Chan as the wise kung-fu master, and Jaden Smith will play the young disciple. It is directed by Harald Zwart, the man behind "The Pink Panther" sequel. In the original film, Pat Morita plays the iconic building handyman Mr. Miyagi who trains one of his young tenants, portrayed by Ralph Macchio, into an accomplished fighter. »
The Associated Press has confirmed that the Will Smith-produced remake/re-imagining of The Karate Kid has officially been retitled The Kung-Fu Kid. The new title should qualm upset fans of the original, and actually makes a whole load more of sense considering the story is based around Kung Fu and not Karate. Jaden Smith plays Dre, a skateboarding video game buff who is forced to move to China after his single mother (Taraji P. Henson) is forced to transfer to the China for work. Of course, unable to speak Chinese, Dre finds it hard to settle in, and gets beat up by the local bully. Jackie Chan plays Mr. Han, a maintenance man who spots Dre's black-eye and offers to teach him both martial arts and Chinese, so he can defend against the students of Li Quan Ha's Fighting dragon school of Kung-Fu. Directed by Harald Zwart (The Pink Panther 2 »
- Peter Sciretta
It’s official: The AP says Will Smith has arrived in Beijing, China to begin production on his remake of the 1980s movie “The Karate Kid”. The remake will be called “Kung Fu Kid”, and will star Smith’s kid Jaden as the titular kid, and Jackie Chan as the old Chinese guy handyman who acts goofy but is secretly a kung fu master who teaches the kid how to defend himself from some bullies. Then the kid uses his newfound abilities to pick up chicks, much to the old guy’s horror. Hey, he is a Smith, after all. Taraji P. Henson will play his cinematic mom. Work pressures cause a single mother moves to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces karate, taught to him by a master of the self-defense form. The remake will be directed by Harald Zwart, who last helmed »
The Associated Press reports that Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith began principal photography for Kung Fu Kid this weekend in Beijing. The remake of The Karate Kid , a co-production between the state-run China Film Group and Columbia Pictures, started shooting Saturday. Chan will play the wise kung-fu master, a role originated by Pat Morita, while Smith is Chan's young disciple. The role was played by Ralph Macchio in the 1984 film and two sequels. Kung Fu Kid , co-starring Taraji P. Henson, is being directed by Harald Zwart ( The Pink Panther 2 ) for a June 11, 2010 release. Shooting will last three months and the film will be set in modern-day Beijing. Chan and Smith, along with Smith's parents Will Smith, who is producing, and Jada Pinkett Smith and sister Willow, »
I didn’t cringe once during Pink Panther 2. Of course, I was lying down on the couch at the time so it’s possible my body wasn't able to contort correctly in response to the pitiful display of humor exhibited in this film. In this second outing, Steve Martin continues to careen downwards as the reincarnation of Peter Sellers's celebrated creation. Although the most basic elements of the previous film are referenced they are not required viewing to understand or rather suffer through the sequel. This is a film that assembles a choice ensemble of reliable actors and then squanders them in painfully unfunny situations. They are led by Martin as the hellish ringleader, so focused on his own physical comedy (which he does admittedly well) that he neglects the rest of the film, which ultimately falls victim to a meager plot and an acute lack of jokes. Every »
- Mark Zhuravsky
Pink Panther 2
Directed by: Harald Zwart
Running Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Due Out: June 23, 2009
Plot: Inspector Closeau (Martin) works with a team of top-notch investigators to catch an elusive thief called The Tornado.
Who’s It For? Younger families should be a little cautious with some material, as sprinkles of racist, sexist, and sacrilegious jokes will either fly over the heads of kids or stick awkwardly.
To the writers’ credit, (Martin being one of them), Pink Panther 2 is not a 100% formulaic waste. The movie’s shameless existence is surprisingly credited by somewhat amusing gags of mindless goofiness. It’s all very breezy, but not entirely the kind of wind that is meant to dismiss.
In the end, Steve Martin makes a deal with Pink Panther 2: he stumbles and destroys in scattered moments of genuine amusement, but »
- Nick Allen
Steven Zeitchik at The Hollywood Reporter's "Risky Biz Blog reports Columbia Pictures has brought on Steven Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) to work on the studio's reboot of The Karate Kid after Chris Murphy's original draft with production already slated to begin next month in Beijing. The film already stars Will Smith's son Jaden as Dre, stepping in as the Daniel character played by Ralph Macchio in the 1984 original. The California set teen drama will move overseas with Jackie Chan playing the Mr. Miyagi role and Taraji P. Henson starring as Sherry, Dre's mother. Moviehole has reported in the past Chan's character will be named Mr. Han and the evil sensei played by Martin Kove in the original known as John Kreese, will be known as Li Quan Ha. However, the story itself is expected to remain very much the same only names and locations have changed. Dre and his mother move, »
- Brad Brevet
It looks like Will Smith is assembling a very serious team for his family reboot 80s classic The Karate Kid. Not only has he drafted screenwriter Steve Conrad who penned tear-jerker The Pursuit Of Happyness for himself and his son, but he has also signed Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson to play Jaden's single mother.Conrad, who wrote The Weather Man for Nicolas Cage, replaces newcomer Chris Murphy who was original hired to form the script. The established writer currently has two other irons in the script-writing fire with both familial drama Aloft and Brad Pitt look-alikey comedy Chad Schmidt in pre-production.Production on The Karate Kid/ Kung Fu Kid or whatever they are calling it now, kicks off next month with Agent Cody Banks director Harald Zwart overseeing the proceedings. Jackie Chan - who will assume the Mr Miyagi mentor mantle, now called Mr Han - must be practising his "wax on, »
Conrad takes over the script reboot, which originally was handed to Chris Murphy.
Production begins next month.
The Hollywood Reporter 's Risky Biz Blog is reporting that The Pursuit of Happyness screenwriter Steven Conrad is penning The Karate Kid for Columbia Pictures. Directed by Harald Zwart and starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith, the remake is scheduled for a June 11, 2010 release. Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson will play the mother. Newcomer Chris Murphy was originally hired to write the script of the reboot. Production will begin next month. »