A few months back, we learned that a loose remake of the beloved 80's classic, The Karate Kid was set to happen with the son of Will Smith, Jaden, as the young, bullied boy who would eventually learn karate. Today, The Hollywood Reporter has said that none other than Jackie Chan, is in negotiations to fill the role of unassuming karate mentor Mr. Miyagi.
Set to fill the director's chair is Harald Zwart (One Night at McCools, Agent Cody Banks, The Pink Panther 2), so we are looking at what will essentially be a family-friendly, ultimately life-affirming picture. The original 1984 film was probably no different in that regard, however, rose-colored glasses of retro doesn't make us not see things that way.
Okay, Chan is not a bad pick, considering what this "remake" is adding up to be. However, even putting aside the fact that this will be a bastardization of a childhood classic to many of us, the fact remains, Jaden Smith is only 10 years old.
I still can't possibly imagine what kind of impact that will have on the whole premise of the story. Are we really going to see a 10-year-old kid get destroyed by a group of karate-efficient Cobra Kai's? (Or something equivalent?) Will they be 10-year-olds, as well? Will "Chan-Miyagi save "Jaden-Daniel," and beat up a group of children?
If so, then who would want to see that? Is "Chan-Miyagi" going to teach "Jaden-Daniel" the 'ole "wax-on, wax-off" and "sand the floor" or will he just be free-running up and down rooftops and jumping through narrow windows? (With an end-gag reel of him getting pancaked on the wall on a failed attempt.)
I'm just going to keep telling myself in regards to the Karate Kid title, "it's just a name, it's just a name."