Hmm, I’m not so sure about this bit of casting news, if only because of it sorta hints at the direction that the project will take. Variety is reporting that Jackie Chan is in final negotiations to join Columbia Pictures’ remake of The Karate Kid. The Film, helmed by Harald Zwart, stars Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) in the starring role.
Although its not specified, Chan would likely play the character Mr. Miyagi, who was portrayed by the late Pat Morita in the 1984 original, and subsequentent sequels.
Set in an exotic Asian locale, the new film will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth (Smith) learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor (Chan). Chris Murphy penned the screenplay.
Shooting begins this summer in Beijing.