In a recent interview, Jackie Chan, star of the upcoming "remake" of the 1984 classic, The Karate Kid has seemingly revealed that the title will be changed. Worried about some remake sullying the Karate Kid name? Apparently that won't happen here, as the title of film is looking to be: The Kung Fu Kid.
According to Chan: "They don't want to call it Karate Kid any more. They want to call it The Kung Fu Kid." Unfortunately, Chan did not shed any light on the motivation behind this name change. However, FirstShowing speculates that it has to do with the film being a Chinese co-production being shot in Beijing. The martial-arts style of kung-fu would obviously be more accurate to apply to the setting, as well as Jackie Chan's style.
Personally, I don't think the reasons go that deep. (And for the record, the "Karate Kid" title was taken from a line in the film, where Daniel's ex-friend sarcastically mocks him for getting beaten up.) If the studio wanted to leech off the Karate Kid name, then they would have done so without any fear of sacrificing authenticity. I think, (and this is a personal theory) that the studios must have known what kind of train-wreck awaited them by daring to pass this film off as some kind of remake.
This film is NOT The Karate Kid. It is a film about a 10-year-old boy (played by celeb offspring, Jaden Smith) being mentored by Jackie Chan. Losing the Karate Kid name was the best way for them to market this film. Now, they can go out there and promote this film, without having to hang their heads low every time the word "remake" comes up. They no longer will have to explain why THIS film was the end result of a supposed remake project. In short, the fears of purists (like me) are now quelled, since the name is out of the picture and the film will now have the advantage of not being directly compared to the iconic original Karate Kid film.
Good move, right? (On the name change, not the film.)