‘Kung Fu Panda’ Writers Scripting ‘Karate Kid 2′

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The Jaden Smith-starring remake of The Karate Kid had a production budget of $40 million and grossed around $300 million in theaters this summer – naturally, The Karate Kid 2 is already on its way.

Columbia Pictures began the search for writers to develop the concept for a Karate Kid sequel right after the film opened big back in June.  Their search is now officially over – screenwriters Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris have officially been hired to pen the script for The Karate Kid 2.

Reiff and Voris are both credited for concocting the screen story for Kung Fu Panda, Dreamwork’s hit 2008 animated feature.  The pair previously collaborated on a screenplay titled Nottingham, which was a revision of the Robin Hood legend and the basis for director Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood as well.

Blockbuster star Will Smith will produce the Karate Kid sequel in collaboration with Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz.  It goes without saying that the former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s son, Jaden, will be the star of the film again – costars Jackie Chan and Taraji P. Henson are both likely to return as well.

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The original 1984 Karate Kid movie shifted the action from the U.S. to Okinawa for its followup and delved deeper into the personal history of the stoic Mr. Miyagi (played by Noriyuki “Pat” Morita).  While the new Karate Kid sequel is unlikely to further explore the history of its version of the Miyagi character, Mr. Han (Chan), it could feature a similar change in setting – possibly from China to the U.S.

Moviegoers were generally pleased with the Karate Kid remake, though a followup is still an iffy proposition.  Nostalgia was certainly an important factor in encouraging older audience members to venture out and see if the updated take on the 1980s movie was actually decent – a number of individuals also took a pass on seeing the film for that same reason.

We will keep you updated on the development of The Karate Kid 2 as more news comes in.

Source: THR

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  1. this was one remake that i really enjoyed i was hoping a part 2 was on its way

  2. *kung fu* panda writers writing *karate* kid 2?
    uhhhh ok then lol

    • well… the stuff about the new Karate Kid is that it wasn’t really karate… it was Kung Fu… so I guess it makes sense…

  3. Ok i saw karate kid at the movies i loved it but why was it called karate kid? I thought theyd explain why but they never did. (i missed the first 5 min) and the second one is gonna be kung fu too im sure…

    • I’m sure the only reason they chose that title was to get fans in the seat. I would have seen it even if it was called Kung Fu Kid. They had a prime opportunity to explain the title but dropped the ball; he could have been picked on by the kids and called Karate Kid because that was what he was initially trying to learn.

  4. i think they shouldve explained why they called it that….i mean he learns kung fu!

  5. Ricky, its all about marketing. The karate kid is a staple for 80s nostalgia and cinema. Its really just to sell the film to a familiar audience. Hope that helps ya buddy.

  6. Renaming the title failed to get me to go. Though couple of my friends went and after asking them about it im glad it i didnt. They told me it was nothin really new from the original other than the main character and the bully he faces are at younger age and that he doesn’t get roughed up as much as Daniel did. And that the movie dragged till to get to tournement. I’ll stick to the orignal trilogy, and maybe watch the 4th film whenever im really bored.

  7. SULLY

    Yeah,i know they did it so ppl can go see it,but they couldve atleast explained why it was called like that jeesh…


    Its a really good movie,i enjoyed it only the title was off. That seriously bothered me. But everything you said there is true 😀

    • Maybe ill see it as i get rent a new release/get a free release dvd to rent from my video store when it hits dvd. But lately remakes and reboots havnt really impressed me that much. Right now ones that comes to mind was the Friday the 13th & Nightmare On Elm Street remakes that didnt really do anything for me. And im concerned about the Superman reboot, & I even doubt ill see the Spider-man reboot. Anyways i look forward to the purposed conclusion of Nolan’s Batman trilogy along with Green Lantern,& Marvel’s movies and Expendables 2 and hope Arnold and Bruce will have official roles in it.

  8. We are ALL waiting for the third batman,id like to know someone who isnt…..

    • @ Ricky18

      I do hope the next Batman is the last. Mostly because i dont wanna wait 10 years for the find out if Nolan will decide to continue the franchise again. And if they make more Batman films in the years to come, i hope WB/DC will take another shot at introducing Robin. They should have Bruce Timm and his crew get into directing live action DC films instead of sticking to straight to dvd features. Atleast ask if he’d be up to it, due to their great success’s from Batman: TAS to JLU’s stories and plots.

      • Chris Nolan has said that the third is the last. He wants to wrap up the story and not let anyone make a terrible sequel involving nipple suits 😛

        • From what i read. Nolan said mentioned it will be his last for now atleast. And Maybe in 10 years he might make another implying he’ll use The Dark Knight Returns etc. I didnt read him say he didnt want to let someone make a terrible sequel involving nipple suits. I remember him sayin unlike comics this kind of thing doesnt go on forver on film which is true. I do hope this is the last though. Id hate to wait and find out in 10 years another film could follow.

  9. Wallywest

    yes so do I man,I hope it’s the last…..the day I find out the official villians/title I will be extremely happy!!! :)

  10. I’d like to see Jaden Smith as an animated panda…


  11. The burger king
    I cant take u seriously with a name like that LMAO!!!! J/K

    I cant wait to hear some news on the next batman 😀