Inexplicable Karate Kid remake to feature Will Smith's son

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But with studios as desperate as ever for "new" feature ideas, it was bound to pop into someone's head eventually that maybe Karate Kid is due for a comeback. Last year this first popped up as a rumor, with Will Smith's son Jaden Smith as the titular kid and Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) directing and playing as Mr. Miyagi. Now, Variety has confirmed this rumor, saying that the franchise will be "refashioned as a star vehicle" for Smith. The film is shooting on location in Beijing and elsewhere, "set in that exotic locale," and will in other matters mostly ape the original.

We have no idea yet whether Chow's still onboard, especially with his involvement on The Green Hornet likely taking precedence, but it's still possible. One way or another, we'll probably see the Karate Kid remake in theaters by 2010 at the latest.

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