After Ditching Karate and Miyagi, The Karate Kid Remake Loses Title


The Jackie Chan/Jaden Smith remake of The Karate Kid is a strange case: Due to financial obligations that forced the film to shoot in China, the movie lost most of the cultural markers associated with the original film, like karate, Mr. Miyagi, and Sherman Oaks miniature golf. So why call it The Karate Kid still, amirite? Well, it appears the filmmakers have listened, christening the film with a new name.

Now, the movie will be called Kung Fu Kid, reports the AP. And Chan's mentor? "Mr. Han," a janitor. Well, sure.

The movie is directed by Harald Zwart, who directed One Night at McCool's and Pink Panther 2. Well, it's guaranteed to be great, then! Good that we can all agree on that.

· Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith start 'Karate Kid' remake [AP via Slashfilm]


  • Furious D says:

    Wait a minute... I think it's stopped being a remake at some point.

  • hotmonkey says:

    Wow--Jada's looking remarkably femme in that pic...

  • Lowbrow says:

    If it was possible to make The Day the Earth Stood Still remake any more mundane, ignoble, or loathsome - it was thanks to Jaden Smith.

  • Patricia says:

    I'm making a remake of "To Kill a Mockingbird." It's not set in the American south. It's not in the 1930's. There's no Aticus, Sport or her older brother. The title is different too. But it has neighborhood kids and a trial so I'm still calling it a remake of "To Kill a Mockingbird." Are you questioning my motives?

    Ralph Macchio's legacy is safe once again.

  • Mr. Sex says:

    Kung Fu Kid?? Meanwhile the Folks at Asylum Studios announced they're producing "Some Karate, Kid"
    Starring and Directed by C. Thomas Howell. Ralph Macchio reprises a... similar role. DJ Jazzy Jeff's nephew plays the Pupil.

  • snickers says:

    The new title sounds like a movie about the (mis)adventures of a young Kwai Chang Caine.

  • Steven says:

    Wow, I forgot about that shittyOne Night at McCool's movie. One of the worst titles in cinema history.

  • Abs Workout says:

    Did you seen the news on internet that Jackie was dead, stupid morons it is not funny to make jokes like that, not merely because Jackie is my hero but because it is just not done.

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