'Karate Kid 2': Jaden Smith & Jackie Chan in for 'The Crazies' Director
It's been nearly four years since the rumblings of a sequel to the remake of The Karate Kid starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan began, and we just assumed that Sony Pictures had decided to bail on continuing the story. But now Deadline reports both Smith and Chan will be back for The Karate Kid 2, and The Crazies director Breck Eisner has been signed to direct. Harald Zwart directed the 2010 remake that actually became a decent hit with $343 million at the worldwide box office, and now that the son of Will Smith is growing up considerably, this could be a bit more of an edgy sequel to the family friendly original.
We're obviously not going to see this turn into The Raid or anything like that, but with Smith older, it does allow for a more mature story. The question is whether or not audiences still care. After Earth wasn't a hit for father and son Smith, but that may not necessarily be their fault as much as an unappealing sci-fi story from director M. Night Shyamalan. Eisner certainly made a solid horror thriller with The Crazies and he's been trying to get a new project for awhile (with an Escape from New York remake being the most prominent at one time), so we hope he can churn out an interesting follow-up. We're not sure if Kung Fu Panda writers Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reif, who wrote Bulletproof Monk, are still scripting, but we'll see.