Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, will star in a remake of The Karate Kid according to Variey. The original was released in 1984 and featured Ralph Macchio as the bullied teen. The Next Karate Kid in 1994 was responsible for launching Hilary Swank’s acting career.
The script is being written by Chris Murphy, and the film will shoot next year in Beijing and other cities. While the new film will be set in that exotic locale, it will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.
Jaden Smith will next be seen in The Day the Earth Stood Still.