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Columbia Pictures gives the go-ahead to remake "The Karate Kid"

Discussion in 'The Movies' started by Steve615, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. Steve615

    Steve615 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 5, 2006
    Middle TN area
    According to Variety's website,a new version of 1984's "The Karate Kid" will begin filming next year in Beijing,China and other cities.
    10 year old Jaden Smith has been tapped to play the starring role.
    If you don't recognize the kid's name,his father happens to be an actor named Will Smith.

  2. joshjr

    joshjr Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    Not sure what I think about that. I dont think it is a movie that needs remade anytime soon.
  3. SDizzle

    SDizzle Hall Of Fame

    Jan 1, 2007
    Roseville, CA
    It was a classic on its own, no need to ruin its legacy!
  4. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    The only thing Hollywood can do, or is willing to try, is remaking old ideas. Every movie, TV show, or comic book ever made is being looked at for a remake, but no new ideas allowed.

    All of the GOOD movies come from indie studios/directors, at least until they too become part of the Hollywood machine and end up doing remakes.

    The music business is much the same. No one is willing to risk any money on anything new, and yet they are surprised when revenues fall.
  5. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    Thank goodness noone is considering remaking Manos: The Hands of Fate or anything dealing with Fu Manchu.
  6. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

    Nov 16, 2005
    Wylie, Texas
    Bad idea.
  7. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    :eek2: :eek2:

    No thank you.
  8. Mavrick

    Mavrick Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2006
    I have only one word to say about this:

    :nono2: NO!:nono2:

    What is with the movie and tv studios lately that they have to try to remake every popular old movie or TV show more current just leave them alone the originals are fine and they dont need to be remade!
  9. kocuba

    kocuba Icon

    Dec 29, 2006
    Also heard somewhere(not sure where) that they might remake Flashdance with Zac Efron.

    Just scary
  10. puckhead

    puckhead Legend

    Sep 21, 2007
    Sweep the leg on this remake. :nono2:
  11. Fontano

    Fontano Godfather

    Feb 7, 2008
    Should they have "Swept the Leg" on the remake of Batman?
    Or should they cancel the next attempt at Superman?
    How about the Bond stories they keep re-doing?
    Or Transformers (yah, that is stretch since it went from Animation to Live Action)
    Or the BSG TV Series?

    If the script/story is good.
    If the cast is good
    If the director is good

    Then it could turn out to be a good movie.
    If it turns out to be a bad one, like "The Next Karate Kid"
    No one will watch it, and will continue to watch the original one.

    And even if it does turn out to be good, it is not like they are going to instantly replace your DVD copy of the original Karate Kid

    And yes, the writers are running out of truely unique ideas.
    Everything now is some sort of remake, rewrite of classic story lines.
  12. BattleZone

    BattleZone Hall Of Fame

    Nov 13, 2007
    Hollywood only wants to greenlight projects that can guarentee a return. Remakes are considered a safe bet, because they will have a built-in audience. Rarely are the studios willing to take a chance, which is why most of the best movies come from the independents.
  13. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    Yeah, let's remake ET, and while were at, it's been 30 years, time for a remake of Episode IV: A New Hope.
  14. puckhead

    puckhead Legend

    Sep 21, 2007
    Yes. Burton + Keaton = Classic!!! (Bat Begins was just ok, Dark Knight was great, but it was a sequel wouldn't you say?)

    Sequel, no problem, remake the origin, no thanks.

    Sequel? Again, no problem.

    It is a stretch, but I'll give you that one. ;)

    Hmmm, I guess you have me there. However, while the original has a special place in my heart, it was pretty bad which leads me to this:

    Then leave it the heck alone!! :p



    I agree, and that's what is sad.
  15. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    That seems to be the 'IN' thing. Let's take a classic (Movie, Song, TV Show, etc.) and just remake it. Proves to me that the entertainment industry has become quite lazy and I am glad I got out of it when I did...
  16. space86

    space86 Icon

    May 4, 2007
    Why remake a classic like the Karate Kid?
  17. LarryFlowers

    LarryFlowers New Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Without Mr. Miyagi? (Pat Morita) Not sure this can be done..:nono:
  18. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    What puzzles me is that there are some really good short stories and novels published in the past 10 years that could be made into movies and I really have to believe there are some original scripts floating around that are already excellent work.

    Movie production was at one time considered "risky" but generally profitable. Surely someone could find a suitable 21st Century vehicle for Jaden Smith, incorporating martial arts and philosophical thought without remaking a classic and without taking too great a risk.
  19. machavez00

    machavez00 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 2, 2006
    Sequels are OK. They rarely do better than the first film. Remakes, on the other hand, will always be compared to the original version by those who have seen it. Has anyone seen a remade or "re imagined" movie and liked it more than the original. The In Laws remake stunk. I do like the Parent Trap remake.
  20. Steve615

    Steve615 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 5, 2006
    Middle TN area

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