Will Smith’s son to be the new Karate Kid?

At first my thoughts are “I don’t like this…” because I’m a huge fan of keeping things the way they were. There is no reason to remake classics like Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elms Street, Adventures in Babysitting (which I believe I posted a year or two ago) and now Karate Kid. I know, I know, this generation probably never even heard of the original. But don’t ruin it for people, like me, who love the originals. Come on people!

At the same time, I understand money, and you can’t make money out of a dead franchise that has been essentially buried, at least since the 80’s (I don’t even consider “The Next Karate Kid” a true sequel. It was just an utter attempt to make some last minute dollars and it failed miserably). Which is why I started this as saying “at first my thoughts are…” because, while I want to keep tradition and leave things the way they were, I’m sure I’m enjoying some movies, TV show, or something now, that at one point were of the generation before me and have been altered to make money out of me…

…but I still don’t have to like it…

from darkhorizons.com:

Sony Retools “Karate” For Jaden Smith
By Garth Franklin
Tuesday, November 11th 2008 8:10am

Sony Pictures is retooling its remake of the 1984 family hit “The Karate Kid” as a star vehicle for Jaden Smith reports Variety.

The new film, being penned by Chris Murphy, borrows elements of the original’s plot in which a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.

Smith, a martial arts practitioner in his own right, can be seen in “The Pursuit of Happyness” alongside his father Will Smith, and in next month’s remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”.

Jerry Weintraub, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz and Will Smith will produce. Shooting will kick off in Beijing, China and other cities next year.

2 thoughts on “Will Smith’s son to be the new Karate Kid?

  1. flammable says:

    This is because new, fresh ideas are a gamble – old ideas, particularly popular ones, will at least make some money.

    And that’s what the studios are here for – to make money. Not to enrich our culture, not to preserve our nostalgia. They’re in it for the large wads of cash. It’s unfortunate, really, when things like this happen.

  2. socramforever says:

    you know what I’ve come to grips with, its the fact that if you want quality entertainment, either in the form of film and/or music (and you could probably add anything else you want into that group) you have to go to the “independent circuit” you know. All the great movies are independent movies. All the great music you hear isn’t from some corporate funded band, its from a group that no one has heard of because they choose to play in bars, or minuscule venues but they are awesome. And most of those artist choose to do so because they want to keep to their style. Once you enter into the mainstream, its REALLY just selling out. I mean, its where the money is at. And don’t get me wrong, if I ever, and I hope I do, get to that point, I do want the money, but I also wouldn’t want to loose my style or sell myself out to the corporate machine.

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