While speaking with The San Francisco Chronicle and promoting his new film, Foreigner, Jackie Chan gave an update on a sequel to the 2010 remake of the 80s classic The Karate Kid. Chan said that the initial script simply wasn’t very good and the current script being worked on it much better.
However, having been seven years since the first film, Jaden Smith has really grown up, and Chan says he is really tall.
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This is a somewhat common problem for filmmakers (and one that the Duffer brothers will soon have to deal with on Stranger Things). Child actors sometimes hit growth spurts that majorly conflict with the character they are portraying in a film (think of Walt from the TV show LOST). For this film, the issue can probably be worked around fairly easily, as they would just have to set it in more or less real time:
“He’s not a kid anymore. You cannot [call it] The Karate Man. I don’t know.”
For me, nothing will ever match the magic of the original 1984 film. That’s not to say I think the Chan/Smith remake was an awful film, it just didn’t have the Morita/Macchio magic.
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