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Last year when it was first rumored that Will Smith would be putting his kid in a remake of the 1984 movie “The Karate Kid”, people were understandably puzzled. For one, Smith’s kid, Jaden, was, well, a kid, and the original character was a teenager. Later, Smith seemed to dispel the rumor that he was engaging in good ol fashion nepotism, and even went as far as to say he had nothing to do with any proposed remake. Apparently that was then, and this is now, and now the trades have Smith producing a remake of “The Karate Kid” with his kid Jaden Smith starring, as originally reported in 2007.
Variety breaks down the raping of your childhood:
Columbia Pictures is back in the dojo with a new version of the 1984 hit “The Karate Kid,” which has been refashioned as a star vehicle for Jaden Smith.
The film will be produced by Jerry Weintraub (who launched the original franchise) and Overbrook Entertainment’s James Lassiter, Will Smith and Ken Stovitz. Will Smith, who is the 10-year-old actor’s father, co-starred alongside Jaden in his feature debut, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which Overbrook and Escape Artists produced for Columbia.
The script is being written by Chris Murphy, and the film will shoot next year in Beijing and other cities. While the new film will be set in that exotic locale, it will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.
At least young Jaden Smith will know what it’s like to struggle in Hollywood and not have everything handed to you on a silver platter by your daddy, right? Because, you know, getting everything and never having to work for anything, man, that could possibly come back to bite the little dude in the ass. Um.
But thinking back, it probably shouldn’t have surprised us that Smith et al have decided to cast an actual kid as the new Karate Kid, even if said kid wasn’t his actual kid. Hollywood has always been obsessed with “going younger”, and their remakes have been the perfect vehicle for them to indulge in this vain behavior. So it makes perfect sense that they would cast a 10-year old kid as the next Karate Kid in a remake of “The Karate Kid”. Hell, if they could, I’m sure Hollywood would remake “Baby Geniuses” with fetuses.
Below: Daniel-san was a tad concerned when Mister Miyagi wanted to teach him the secrets of The Limp Wrist.