Karate Kid Remake Getting Increasingly Ridiculous
01.14.09 by REELZ
As if having a Will Smith-Jada Pinkett spawn in the lead role wasn't enough to make for an ironically amusing mess of your favorite childhood movie, Jackie Chan is in final negotiations to star in the remake of The Karate Kid. Ten-year-old Jaden Smith, who you may remember from the Pursuit of Happyness (if you weren't tearing up throughout the whole sappy film leaving you unable to make out the boy's face) is already set to star. Perhaps this movie will be the big vehicle that certifies little Jaden as oh, we don't know, the new Dakota Fanning, but a boy.
Of course, Smith is quite a bit younger than when an early 20s Ralph Macchio played the lead in the 1984 original, but the new film is said to "only borrow" elements of the original's plot. We can only hope that some of the new elements involve robots and other such subtle Scientology subtext delicately added to the classic Wax-On-Wax-Off scene.