Sony Already 'Kicking Ideas Around' For a Karate Kid Sequel
by Alex Billington
June 16, 2010
Of course they are! If you didn't already hear, Sony's The Karate Kid remake with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan earned an impressive $56 million this past weekend, blowing past its $40 million budget and raking in some good earnings on its opening weekend. There's no question that Sony is already thinking about sequels (though it's now confirmed by Deadline and EW.com), because let's not forget that the original Karate Kid had not just one, but three extra sequels, the last one arriving in 1994 with Hilary Swank taking over as the new student. I just really hope we don't see three increasingly-worse sequels for this new Karate Kid as well.
No writers have been hired, but Sony's production president Doug Belgrad says, "we've been talking about it for weeks already. We didn't want to jinx anything but we knew we had a playable movie and we were pretty excited about it. So we're already kicking ideas around." As for director Harald Zwart's return: "I would absolutely love to do a sequel. I think working with those guys was the best part of my career… If they want me, I would love to do it again," Zwart told EW. Having seen it twice, I can certainly say I'd like a sequel, I just hope they can improve upon the original, and not deliver something worse. Is anyone else excited?