EDITORS NOTE: Yes, I’m pretty sure uttering the phrase “sequel to The Karate Kid remake” opened the gates of hell.
Surprisingly, I did not hate the 2010 remake of The Karate Kid. I wanted to, hell, I was prepared to set my local theater on fire in protest of 80’s sacrilege. I mean how dare they remake The Karate Kid, right? Well, the film exceeded my expectations. After viewing, I was left with a classic “not bad” face. I think it successfully paid homage to the original with it’s humiliation to humility to a climactic showdown, complete with a deciding slow-motion kick.
With that said, I still get mad when I see The Karate Kid ON DEMAND only to find it’s the 2010 version and not the original. Sour face every time.
So, the 2010 remake was home-run hit for Sony, grossing $176 million domestic and about $182 internationally. Naturally, a sequel was immediately set into motion with screenwriters Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif hired to craft a story. That was about a year and a half ago.
According to Variety, Zak Penn, the writer of X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, has now been tapped to do a rewrite on The Karate Kid 2.
OK, I think I can ready my torch burning kit again. Seriously, Zak Penn?! *facepalm*
At this time no other details have been mentioned, but stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan are obviously expected to return. Perhaps the story will have the duo going to Okinawa like in The Karate Kid Part II.