I was never a huge fan of the Karate Kid movies, but I also felt like they should not really be tinkered with because, especially with the first one, they are good movies. OK, only the first one. They jumped the shark with that franchise pretty quick. So, when I did a post a few months back about how Jaden Smith was going to star in the remake of it I questioned whether they should and whether a ten year old was the right age for the main character. It is tough to weave in elements of a love story when your star is ten. Sure, his dad is Will Smith, but even Jaden can't play more than say, 11, maybe 12 if he borrows some shoes from Tom Cruise.
Now though, my whole feeling about this has kind of shifted. No, I didn't take an e-meter test and become best friends with Xenu. Nope. It turns out that Jackie Chan is in talks to be the Mr. Miyagi character who mentors Jaden. See, in the originals, lets face it, Mr. Miyagi couldn't do much more than just talk. Pat Morita wasn't kicking much ass in the films. He was there to be the wise master, kind of like Yoda.
But, with Jackie Chan this becomes an entirely different kind of film and if Jackie is allowed to do his thing then you don't really need a love interest. It just becomes kind of a buddy film. Think of it as Little Rush Hour or something. You know, maybe some dojo has gone crazy and is kidnapping dogs and Jaden loses his as part of the ring. He turns to his friendly neighborhood whatever Jackie is going to be and Jackie and he embark on a crusade to save the dogs. OK, so it still doesn't sound great, but do you think that a Karate Kid remake sounds better if it has Jackie Chan in it?