'Kung Fu Panda' Writers to Tackle Sony's 'Karate Kid' Sequel
by Alex Billington
August 27, 2010
We're making a big deal out of some pretty basic news, but it's a slow day and there's not much else worth covering. Heat Vision reports that writers Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif, who wrote Bulletproof Monk, got Emmy noms for the "Sleeper Cell" miniseries, and are credited for the "story" on Kung Fu Panda and Ridley Scott's Robin Hood, have been hired to write the sequel to Sony's incredibly successful remake / reboot of The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Considering that film was actually very good, this is one sequel I'm looking forward to seeing, I just hope they're able to somehow improve upon the first one.
In the second film in the original series (which was in theaters way back in 1986), Daniel travels with Miyagi back to Okinawa, Japan. Since the concept and location was flipped in the remake this summer, Heat Vision hints that the sequel might try and switch things up again and bring them to the US for a fight of some sort. Will Smith will be producing again with Overbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz. Not sure when production is supposed to begin, but it sounds like Sony wants to get this sequel going right away, as they've got a very lucrative franchise on their hands and they don't want to let that fall apart. I hope Voris and Reif can do as good of a job as Christopher Murphey did on the first one. We'll keep you updated!