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.