Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Will Smith To Direct Karate Kid Remake / Steven Chow In Talks - SendMeRSS

WsmithIt looks like Will Smith is going to be all over the remake of the Karate Kid. Today we learn that he will not only be producing, but also directing the project. We get the scoop from our friends at moviesonline:

Will Smith is in fact going to direct the upcoming Karate Kid movie according to production notes. His son Jaden Smith will also star. There has been alot of past speculation on who would star, and who would direct but it would seem the speculation can now end. Overbook Entertainment have Will Smith listed as the director and Jaden Smith as its star.

Will Smith has had quite the journey. If you would of told me back in the day, that The Fresh Prince would be directing a remake of the Karate Kid in the future (as the Kung Fu Kid); I would of called you a liar and a prophet of questionable ability. But here we are, and it looks like Mr. Smith’s directorial debut on a feature film, will be alongside his son and Jackie Chan or Steven Chow.

Steven Chow has confirmed that he is in talks to play Mr. Miyagi and we get his words on the matter today via themoviehole:

Martial arts magnate Stephen Chow ("Kung Fu Hustle") has confirmed online rumours that he's in talks to play wise and wrinkly warrior Mr Myiagi in a ''Karate Kid'' remake.

“I’m very fond of ‘The Karate Kid’ and would love to join in the remake project, no matter as a producer, director or actor", says Chow. "But it depends on my schedule. As you know, next year I will work on two movies, ‘Dragon Ball’ and ‘Journey to the West.’”

So it is not yet confirmed that Chow will be Miyagi, but he is certainly still in the running. Chan is a high octane contender however and although both men are great choices, I think I would prefer the pastoral Chan for the role of Kung Fu Master. Lots of news out today regarding this project and we will have to hope that they walk with the wisdom of Macchio to create a film that pays tribute to the original.

Link - Comments - john@themovieblog.com (John Campea) - Tue, 11 Dec 2007 08:32:03 GMT - Feed (2 subs)
User comment: By: Adam McCune
Someone needs to put this idea in a body bag!
User comment: By: Phil Gee
Cobra Kai.......never dies!
User comment: By: Rafa1215
I'm down with Will directing a movie. But, I don't want him to do this one. Leave it alone. I understand that his relationship with his son is great and all. For me they hit it out of the park with Happyness as a team. Will, don't do a remake. Do something original. Do something that a studio bought rights to, but is just sitting in a dark room ready to be unleashed to the public. Karate Kid was probably the "Rocky" of the 80's for the both of us. Good Luck dude.
User comment: By: doug nagy
I really liked Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness. I do not like a lot of the films he is in, but he does have outstanding ability and he certainly seems to be a quality dude.
User comment: By: doug nagy
I really liked Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness. I do not like a lot of the films he is in, but he does ability and he certainly seems to be a quality dude.
User comment: By: Terry Letourneau
After seeing Will Smith on '60 Minutes' (and countless other interviews lately), I would have to say that has got to be one of the most down to earth guys in Hollywood. Not only has he become a great actor over the years, he is very serious about his work. I just wished he was directing something original instead of a remake of 'The Karate Kid'. I am looking forward to 'I am Legend' though even though it too is a remake.
User comment: By: Kristina
Aww HELL naw!
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