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Jaden Smith Is Karate-Chopping His Way to Stardom

So, Columbia Pictures is remaking The Karate Kid … as a star vehicle for Will Smith’s progeny, Jaden.

The film will be produced by Jerry Weintraub (who launched the original franchise) and Overbrook Entertainment’s James Lassiter, Will Smith and Ken Stovitz. Will Smith, who is the 10-year-old actor’s father, co-starred alongside Jaden in his feature debut, “The Pursuit of Happyness,” which Overbrook and Escape Artists produced for Columbia.

The script is being written by Chris Murphy, and the film will shoot next year in Beijing and other cities. While the new film will be set in that exotic locale, it will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.

China Film Group Corp. will co-produce in China.

The younger Smith, who next stars in “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” is a martial arts practitioner.

Dude, I’d be famous, too, if Will Smith were my father, pulling every imaginable string to put me in the public eye and create a level of fame for me that I’m in no way equipped to handle, allowing the world to cast a larger-than-life image on me that I’m too young to differentiate from the person I actually am, leading to a lifelong and painful struggle to become this non-existent, impossible person I feel I ought to be. Instead, I had a dad who cared about my best interests. No fair.

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  • That’s going to suck. First of all, you can’t just remake the Karate Kid… ask Hillary Swank about trying to step into those shoes. And no Mr. Miyagi?! Forget it… that’s like remaking the Terminator without Schwarzenegger or Happy Days without the Fonz. Second, that plot has been worked over too many times… stale. Third, look at his picture… he looks like he’s been cornfed his whole life. Maybe a Disney Channel movie – at best.

    There are so many other movies that could be re-made and improved upon if they are really hard up for a new script.

    I know! I’m thinking they should make a movie about an overprivileged Hollywood brat that’s forced to be mentored by Gary Busey during a Scientology indoctrination summer camp. :-) Hijinks ensue.

  • child stars = f*cked for LIFE

    what a bad idea.

    10 year olds shouldn’t be working that much. they should be like.. playing outside and coloring

  • Shit. Just informed that “The Fonz” wasn’t a real person but rather played by Henry Winkler. I’m heartbroken and don’t know what I’m going to do with my Fonz lunchbox now. Maybe I’ll just sit on it.

    Anyhow, what I MEANT to type was “… Happy Days without Henry Winkler…” ;-)

  • i am pissed about this. karate kid is sacred. you cant just remake the movie a year after mr miyagi died! bastards.

  • Dmarie: you’re obviously blind. Look at that kid’s hairline. IT’S NOT A LINE. He’ll be hooked on coke by the time the film is done shooting. He’ll have his douchebag father to thank. yay will smith

  • I guess it would be asking too much for ORIGINAL ideas for scripts and movies. Someone is writing this script? Gee, that should be a real stumper. At least make it interesting by combining a few scripts! What about “The Karate Kid” crossed with “The Last Starfighter” with a little “Breakfast Club” thrown in? Molly Ringwald in space kicking Cobra Kai ass… cinematic genius!

    Down Unda, I’m pretty sure that Peter Griffin is still accepting members to the Church of the Fonz.

  • You had a dad that cared about your best interests???

    Aren’t you a diagnosed bipolar, sexually-confused, vegan chain-smoker that quit her job and has moved to 3 different states in the last 9 years and now lives alone with 3 cats and a dog?

    …..but I’m not judging.

  • This kid is similar to Dakota Fanning and I dislike both. They really act like they’re God’s gifts to everyone and like they’re way older than they are-so damn sophisticated. Just be kids, please.

  • I don’t usually leave comments, but jesus TSS, what is the matter with you? What are you doing in your life that is so extraordinary that it allows you to be that hateful towards other people? You seem to thrive off negativity.

  • don’t worry, he’s a scientologist so l.ron will make sure he stays on the right path. look what it’s done for his lesbian mom and bisexual daddy. i’m assuming they’re who eddie murphy was making fun of when he went to Mind Head whenever he had issues in bowfinger.

  • I don’t give a shit what anyone else thinks.. The Smiths are the most georgeous black people there could ever be.. lol.. Jada is sooo damn beautiful, so is Will, and the kids are just as good looking.. They all can act, and this kid did a waaaaaaaaaaaaaay better job in the persuit of happiness than a lot of “big stars” would ever do.. So there..
    Also i believe the kid actually likes the acting thing, and i am sure his parents are looking for his best interests.. We’re just jealous our parents aint that famous, aren’t we?… lol

  • jadem Il Est trop beau et srtout Il Est il mignon super ressembler à un pere lol fils