Are you ready to here more about this Karate Kid Remake film being produced by Will Smith and staring his son Jaden? Probably not, because it is just more terrible news. First of all the title of the film had been changed to ‘Kung Fu Kid' but now it is back to the original title ‘The Karate Kid' apparently it was never really changed. As it stands, this movie in no way shape or form resembles the classic 1984 version beside carrying its title, this movie is all on its own, I don't think I would even call it a remake anymore, just a movie that started out as a remake and ended up crap.
One other thing I would love to point is Jaden Smith character will not be named Daniel Larusso, no. His name in the film will be Dre. Yes, Dre. I'm not kidding! It looks like they let Jaden pick the name of the character he is going to play. And Mr. Myiagi has been renamed Mr. Han. Yeah, I know.
Thanks to moviehole we have the storyline for the movie, and here it is.
Sherry is offered a transfer to China. Considering the U.S office is about to lay off everyone, it's really her only choice; especially since nobody else at the office has been offered a transfer. With her young son Dre (Jaden Smith) in tow, the single-mother makes Beijing her new home. Needless to say, not knowing Chinese, and experiencing a bit of culture shock, they both find it a little hard to settle in - - Dre especially.
Like Daniel Larusso in the original film, Dre (who, unlike Larusso, is a skateboarding video-game buff) immediately catches the attention of the local bullies - in particular, Lui Wei Cheng. And before too long, Dre is going home with bruises (he tries to hide a black-eye under a cap by pulling it as far down his face as he can) and whining about wanting to return to the states.
Dre's enrolled into a strict Beijing Middle School. His first day there is a bit of a shambles - the assistant principal spots his bruises, and assumes he's been fighting (which, of course, they don't accept under any circumstances), and he turns up in a school uniform, something he didn't have to wear that day (there's only certain days when a uniform is required).
The Mr Myiagi character is actually named Mr. Han (Jackie Chan). He's the maintenance man of the apartment lock that Sherry and Dre have moved into, and meets the new residents when he's called over to fix their hot water service. From the bathroom, Han spots Dre practicing martial-arts kicks (unsuccessfully) in front of a video-game, and catches his black eye. Later, of course, he'll agree to teach him - both martial-arts and the Chinese language (so he can impress his mother by haggling over apples).
The ‘John Kreese' character - the character played by Martin Kove in the original film - is Li Quan Ha, the owner of the Fighting dragon school of Kung-Fu. One visit to the school - in which Li Quan terrorizes his students (who range from the age of 3 onwards), namely Lui Wei Cheng - and Dre is immediately put off.
Oh, and yes, there's a love interest - someone mother wants Dre to bring home for dinner.
"The film has a similar tone to the original movie. There are a lot of funny lines - mainly delivered by Jackie Chan. It is actually a good script though, very good in fact. It's different enough to be considered its own beast too".
I'll believe it if I see it. I have zero interest in watching this movie. What do you all think about it?