Following a $56 million opening weekend for The Karate Kid (it doubled The A-Team‘s $25.7 million) and a total worldwide gross of $300 million Columbia Pictures began meeting with writers to pitch their ideas on where to take the sequel. Now according to Heat Vision Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff, the writers of Kung Fu Panda, have been hired to write the script.
The Karate Kid only cost $40 million to make so with success like that a sequel was bound to happen. Will Smith will produce again and there is a good chance director Harald Zwart will return given the positive reviews.
Back in June Zwart said he would like to see the next film explore an all-new story rather than follow in the footsteps of the two sequels from the 80s. “I personally think it’s now so much on its own two feet, given the success, that it would be interesting to see where we could take it without ever thinking about the old ones.”