‘Incredible Hulk’ Writer Hired For ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:56 pm,

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Columbia Pictures began developing a sequel to The Karate Kid mere days after the 2010 remake opened to an unexpected $55.6 million during its debut weekend. The studio hired on screenwriting duo Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris (who penned the screen stories for Kung Fu Panda and Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood) just a few months later, but we’ve heard little else about the project over the 17 months that’ve passed since then.

That doesn’t mean the sequel is in any kind of trouble, of course. Case in point: another writer has been brought onboard, with (most likely) the intent of getting The Karate Kid 2 (not the official title) ready to begin shooting before 2012 draws to a close.

Variety says that Zak Penn has been tapped to pen the Karate Kid sequel script; the site’s report does not clarify if he will be reworking Reiff and Voris’ earlier draft, or simply starting from scratch. However, there is little doubt that Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan will be brought back to portray culturally-diverse student-teacher duo Dre Parker and Mr. Han once again.

Penn brings experience writing action-heavy comic book titles, ranging from good (The Incredible Hulk) to mediocre (X-Men: The Last Stand) and pretty undeniably bad (Elektra). However, the Alphas co-creator was only one of several contributors to that X-Men threequel and Daredevil spinoff flick, whereas he was the sole writer on the Hulk sequel/reboot. Not to mention, Penn also… er, penned the screen story for X2: X-Men United.

That’s all to say: Penn’s being involved with Karate Kid 2 reads as being a good thing. Seeing how he will most likely be (to some degree) revamping Reiff and Voris’ preliminary screenplay draft, this particular sequel to a remake that turned out much better than many expected is off to a pretty solid start, all things considered.

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Chan and Smith are expected to return for 'Karate Kid 2'

The followup to the original 1984 Karate Kid movie delved further into the backstory of Mr. Miyagi (renamed Mr. Han, in the remake) and saw the titular character accompany his mentor to the latter’s homeland, learning more about the very origins of martial arts in the process. However, similar narrative ground has already been covered in the Karate Kid remake, so the sequel to that flick will presumably travel a different plot route.

Harald Zwart provided sturdy direction in The Karate Kid, so it stands to reason that he should – and will – also be sought to return for sequel. Solid acting (especially on Chan’s part) and storytelling were much more central to that remake’s success, though, so the idea of a different helmer being brought onboard for Karate Kid 2 wouldn’t, per se, bode poorly for the potential quality of the film.

Smith will also be a more seasoned and matured an actor by the time Karate Kid 2 begins production, seeing how he’ll be doing the bulk of heavy-lifting on M. Night Shyamalan’s currently-filming After Earth. So, again, regardless of who ends up directing or what the story is, the Karate Kid sequel actually has a lot working in its favor right now.


We will continue to keep you updated on the status of The Karate Kid 2 as the story develops.

Source: Variety

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  1. Awesome. The first (with Chan) was a very good heart-warming and entertaining movie.

  2. I knew they would make a sequel. Loved the first one, definately a satisfying remake. In the original Karate Kid 2 Daniel goes to Japan. But Dre is already in China, I wonder how they’re going to mix up the storyline. Can’t wait!

  3. I hope they go a completely different route for the sequel than the one the original series took. The first film was great, but I hated all of the sequels.

  4. another jackie chan film? of course ill see it! I have to wait until december to see his next film, Chinese Zodiac. and I didnt know After Earth started filming already?

    • Just barely. You should check out M. Night Shyamalan’s Twitter feed, he’s been posting pre-production/early production photos there.

  5. No Mercy! Cobra Kai!

  6. Awesome. The writer of a crappy redo, will help write the sequel to another crappy redo. Awesome originality Hollywood.

  7. I really liked the modern Karate Kid, it was a pretty good movie and for the most part stood on its own. Unfortunately they didnt know how to end it. they basically copied the original down to a tee for the ending. everything else was top shelf, then they slipped off of it.

    I hope they go on to do thier own thing. tell a story that is nothing like the original 3 classic Karate Kid movies.

  8. I love the remake, Jackie Chan did a great job in his role and also Jaden Smith.

    The remake had emontion, action, great acting and a good script which was the success to the movie.

    I don’t like remakes but The Karate Kid is one of the best remakes in years.

    I don’t think a sequel is a good idea but if the story is right and is better than the first one then I’m in.

  9. I’ll actually look forward to this. Like others have stated, the Chan/Smith remake was well executed and better than I expected. I also appreciate the note taken of Chan’s solid acting in both the article and the comments. I’ve always been a huge fan (going back to Drunken Master 2 in the 90′s) and You can see how the man has worked to expand from the Hong Kong martial arts style of acting to a well-rounded performer with a greater range. Well done Sing Lung!

  10. I think it was a totally awesome idea to have this cast. It provides for good screen play with current characters. Us oldies of course remember the first first karate kid and how special it was. But this is new for the newer generation and they will learn to appreciate this one. Just as we appreciated our karate kid