'Karate Kid' Remake Director to Adapt 'Bakugan Battle Brawlers'

December 21, 2010
Source: The Wrap


As someone whose never really been a big fan of anime, that means that my childhood was void of any interest in cartoon/toy/card game crossovers like Yu-Gi-Oh! and Pokémon. Therefore, I can't say that I have much interest in this new project that sounds all too similar to those aforementioned imports. The Wrap reports Harald Zwart, who most recently helmed the remake of The Karate Kid, is attached to direct an adaptation of the strategic card game turned anime Bakugan Battle Brawlers. Going simply by the title Bakugan, the story utilizes a card game mixed with battles between monsters for a worldwide tournament.

Pretty original, right?! Anyway, the cartoon itself is an adaptation of the game created by Sega and Spin Master, but here's the story that was crafted for the anime series:

Dan Kuso and his five on-line friends started playing Bakugan when game cards inexplicably fell from the sky. Using combinations of cards and special marbles that turn into monsters, they fight duels and win points. Dan loudly proclaims he's going to become the all-time champion. He and his friends learn that Bakugan monsters have lives in the dimension of Vestroia. But the mysterious gamer Masquerade is destroying the monsters he defeats by sending them to the Doom Dimension.

Obviously there's interest in the property because it was named "Toy of the Year" by the Toy Industry Association in 2009, which was it's second consecutive win. Of course, any film that combines a familiar brand has the potential for even more merchandising and that just makes executives feel all warm and gooey inside. This will be a step up for Zwart in the scale of his films, but since he was in the director's chair for Agent Cody Banks and The Pink Panther 2, he's quite familiar with directing films for a younger audience.

Honestly, I can't say that I'm the least bit interested, and since the adaptation of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" didn't turn out so well (yes, I know it's not a Japanese anime), I don't have too much faith in this project yet. Not only is it yet another adaptation of a toy/cartoon series headed to the big screen, but this kind of story and action has been beaten into the ground by the Pokémon franchise. Of course, I'm always ready to have my mind changed, so the ball is in your court Universal. What do you think?

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I would like to see a Pokemon adaption in the same vein of the Speed Racer. That would be awesome.

Dave on Dec 21, 2010


Bah. I'll take Pokemon movie instead. Seriously: talk about a childhood dream resurrected.

Cracky on Dec 21, 2010


+1 Pokémon!!!

zzz on Dec 21, 2010



Jericho on Dec 21, 2010


great toy, great game, good for a cartoon. a movie...?

mark on Dec 21, 2010


Booooo! Do Pokemon.

lamar on Dec 21, 2010


Lemme think.... ...GAAAAAAY

lol on Dec 21, 2010


Dave said: I would like to see a Pokemon adaption in the same vein of the Speed Racer. That would be awesome. .. in the same vein of Speed Racer? Are you out of your frakin' mind? Nah, your kidding and just trying to rile old Sanka up aren't you bubd

Sanka on Dec 22, 2010


im an anime fan especially of dbz! anywho i never got around to watching bakugan since i aint a crazy anime fan but this should not be made like you mentioend avatar the last airbender was a flop so was dragon ball evolution and this will be a flop too!

A5J4DX on Dec 22, 2010


@Dave: I agree. I'm actually among the minority of people who actually likes the Speed Racer movie. And I'm not a Pokemon fan, but a live-action remake doesn't sound bad. Anyways, I wonder why Bakugan's getting an adaptation so soon after its conception, unlike Pokemon/YuGiOh (both of which have been around longer, and have more familiarity). And I'm also not a fan of Bakugan (heck, I don't dig anime in general), but the toys are cool. And I wonder how the feel will be.

Paul Romano on Jan 8, 2011


I would love to see a Bakugan movie. Since I'm in love with the anime Bakugan and well Shun. I'm a huge fan of the Pokemon movies and the digimon movies. Yugioh movies are neat as well, even if I only saw one but I wanna see the 2011 yugioh movie. Anyways, when will the bakugan movie come out?

Salya on Jul 2, 2011


I highly doubt Pokémon will get a live action movie. After the incident with the Super Mario Brothers movie, I don't think Nintendo is going to let another live-action movie be made of one of their franchises.

John Stamos on Jun 30, 2012

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