Jackie Chan Playing Mr. Miyagi in Karate Kid Remake!
by Alex Billington
January 13, 2009
Remember that news last year that Sony was remaking The Karate Kid? And that Will Smith's son Jaden was going to star as the new "kid"? Well here's another bit of casting news that could either make or break the project. Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Jackie Chan will play Mr. Miyagi in the Chinese remake. And get this, they also confirm that one Harold Zwart, of the most recent Pink Panther 2, is directing. We all knew this was a bad idea to begin with, but now they've really gone overboard. I hope there is no one who is excited for this, even if you're a fan of Jackie Chan. I feel bad for Pat Morita!
In case you're wondering, Pat Morita is the old Japanese guy who played the original Mr. Miyagi. Screw Ralph Macchio, he was the one that made all those movies awesome. As much as I'd love to be optimistic about this, it was Harold Zwart that turned me against this entirely. I still somewhat like Jackie Chan and believe that maybe Jaden can still act (even after he did terrible in The Day the Earth Stood Still), but the guy directing Pink Panther 2? Come on! I'm sorry Sony, but this was the worst idea in a long time. I can handle some remakes, but Karate Kid is one of those classics that shouldn't even be touched.