Will Smith’s Karate Kid Remake Kicks off in Beijing

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 Pink Panther 2”, and before that, “One Night at McCool’s”. Steve Conrad, who last penned the elder Smith’s “The Pursuit of Happyness”, recently did a polish on the script.

Below: “Ahhh hell nah! Don’t you even be thinkin’ about kickin’ my floating head, Daniel san!”