November 12, 2008
Will Smith's son, Jaden, will appear in a remake of Karate Kid, written just for him. The 10-year-old - who's currently a martial arts practitioner - starred with his dad in 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness.
The script, which is still being written, will be similar to the 1984 franchise, in which a bullied kid learns to stand up for himself with the help of his quirky karate coach, according to Variety. But instead of Hawaii, the flick will be filmed in Beijing, China, in 2009. No release date is set. Dad Will is to serve as producer.
The presidents of Columbia Pictures told Variety they wanted to resurrect the original film series, which starred Ralph Macchio. Hilary Swank appeared in 1994's The Next Karate Kid. Jaden's next sci-fi drama, The Day the Earth Stood Still, hits theaters Dec. 12. It co-stars Keanu Reaves.
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