2010’s The Karate Kid starring Will Smith’s Hollywood successor, son Jaden, grossed more than a quarter billion dollars worldwide. To say assume there wouldn’t be a sequel is like saying the elder Smith won’t sign on to do another dramatic, sci-fi struggle blockbuster, so here we are discussing The Karate Kid 2.
The only change this time around is a respectable but big one. Sony is changing their direction with a new director.
Sony Pictures has locked Breck Eisner to direct Karate Kid 2, the sequel that will bring back Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Harald Zwart directed the 2010 original, which grossed $56 million on its opening weekend and ended with $343 million worldwide.
Eisner, repped by CAA and Management 360, most recently directed the gritty horror film The Crazies. It is an important film for the studio that has placed a premium in the care and feeding of franchises with global appeal.
The original 1984 Karate Kid is a beloved film, but let’s face it, that crane deal at the end would never have worked, and this kid is way more believable as a martial artist.
The film also starred Taraji P. Henson as Jaden’s character mother. She will be reprising her although the mother in the original series’ sequels went MIA. Hey, if it’s not broken, no need to attempt to patch things up.