Jaden Smith demonstrated that his dad isn’t the only member of the family who can headline a hit movie; young Smith’s leading man boy debut, The Karate Kid, took the box office crown this past weekend – so, this being Hollywood, a sequel is already being developed.
Officials over at Sony’s Columbia Pictures are already holding meeting with screenwriters who will pitch fresh ideas about what a sequel to The Karate Kid might encompass. There’s no word yet as to whether any of the main players from the first film – Smith, Jackie Chan, Taraji P. Henson – are signed on for another installment, but their involvement seems all but a given.
Whether Karate Kid screenwriter Christopher Murphey will return to pen the sequel is also uncertain at this point. However, story creator Robert Mark Kamen has contributed directly to every Karate Kid film made – save for the woebegone Hiliary Swank sequel, The Next Karate Kid – so chances are good that he’ll be onboard for a second flick.
How about director Harald Zwart? Well, here are his thoughts on the matter (via Coming Soon):
“Well, that’s always a tempting idea, and I think we all would love to go back and have an experience again. Certainly, I remember just watching Jaden and Jackie on and off camera and thinking, “They’re such a good movie couple.” They’re just a good two characters I think. I definitely think we can take these two people somewhere else, but that’s all up to the success. I’m open for anything.”
Will Sony look to the original Karate Kid series for inspiration? The idea of Dre (Smith) and Mr. Han (Chan) going on a journey together – a la Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Mr. Miyagi (“Pat” Morita) in The Karate Kid: Part II – isn’t that far-fetched, though it would involve a less drastic change of scenery. An enlightening summer vacation could be in order, perhaps?
But do audiences really want another Karate Kid movie? Even though the new martial arts flick has received a warmer-than-expected reception from moviegoers – with our Vic Holtreman giving it a thumbs up in his Karate Kid review – no one who caught it this weekend seems desperate for another one quite yet.
Then again, we are talking about a Hollywood movie that grossed more than its original production budget in its first weekend of release. So a bigger, more expensive sequel that features Dre picking up some new, ridiculously elaborate Kung Fu moves and hooking up with a new love interest (he sure would get around a lot for a twelve-year old ;-) ) could definitely be on the way.
What do you think? Do you want to see a Karate Kid sequel? Let us know in the comments section below.
The Karate Kid is currently playing in theaters.