From Zwart to Eisner? 'Karate Kid 2' Has a Director

I expect the principals to return, though that's not yet confirmed

Breck Eisner to direct The Karate Kid 2
Photo: Columbia Pictures

I'm not sure how you go from Harald Zwart to Breck Eisner (The Crazies), but I have to assume Sony wasn't too pleased with the returns on The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and decided to go a different direction, replacing Zwart who directed the first The Karate Kid remake with Eisner for The Karate Kid 2.

I also find it curious it has taken Sony this long to get moving on the sequel to the highly successful 2011 remake, which centered on Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) as he heads to China with his mother (Taraji P. Henson) and eventually learns kung fu from his maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan). I expect all the principals to return, though that has yet to be confirmed.

The 2010 film was made for a mere $40 million and grossed $359.1 million worldwide and instead of striking while the iron was hot they've wasted four years. Depending on how quickly they get things together, perhaps they can have this ready for Summer 2015 as I'm sure they don't want to wait until 2016 to get it into theaters. [Deadline]

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  • http://www.silverscreenriot.com SmartFilm

    Can't we just put Jaden to bed?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/azjoker1/ azjoker1

      I completely agree. I really like Will Smith but he really needs to stop trying to make Jaden become a big actor. It's not going to happen.

  • BradyD

    Ah, yes. Hollywood is still trying to make Jaden Smith a star after his last M. Night Shymalan flop. Typical.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Hudsucker/ Hudsucker

    From Sahara to The Crazies to Karate Kid 2. Eisner seems to be quite eclectic.

  • http://letterboxd.com/gman/ G-Man

    I enjoyed the Karate Kid remake quite a bit. Then again, The original Karate Kid is my favorite movie of all-time and the plot nearly mirrored it, just in a different setting.

    It was however missing the most important line in the original...GET HIM A BODY BAG YEAAHHHHHH!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oZc1rIk8pE

    • andyluvsfilms

      The original is probably in my top ten of all time, the finale still gives me goosebumps.
      As for the remake, I enjoyed the training element but the final fight was poorly executed, I'd sooner they did the crane kick again.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Winchester/ Winchester

    How often do we have to picture the invisible hands of Will and Jada pushing this kid into frame? I've never gotten any sense he really wants to be in movies, he just seems pushed into it like they tried to do with his sister and singing.