Jaden Smith And Jackie Chan To Return For ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel

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Sony Pictures grossed $56 million in its opening weekend and nearly $350 million in total for The Karate Kid (2010), directed by Harald Zwart and produced by several others, including Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith. The franchise has secured Breck Eisner to direct a sequel titled Karate Kid 2, with will star Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith reprising their roles after four years.

The film followed a young boy named Dre as he and his mother left their lives in Detroit to move to Beijing, where Dre convinced a handyman (Jackie Chan) to mentor him in Japanese martial arts. The original Karate Kid was a beloved film produced in 1984, which followed a boy and his mother from New Jersey to California.

Jaden is in need of a comeback after his father’s science fiction adventure After Earth last year named him the worst actor at the 2014 Razzies. Although it raked in a credible haul of $243 million in the box office, much of the film’s success came from outside North America.

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