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Sony Developing A New 'Karate Kid' Movie With Ben Wang To Star


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Sony Pictures is taking on the challenge of remaking a remake of an original movie. They've chosen Ben Wang to take the lead in the next installment of the franchise, according to Deadline.

Joining Wang in the new film are Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio, reprising their roles from previous movies.

While specific plot details remain vague, we do know that the story is set on the East Coast and revolves around a Chinese teenager who discovers strength and purpose through martial arts, thanks to a mentor.

Jonathan Entwistle is directing the movie, with the script penned by Rob Lieber. Karen Rosenfelt is producing, and the film is scheduled to hit theaters on December 13, 2024.

Wang gained recognition for his breakout role in the Disney+ series American Born Chinese, which also features Michelle Yeoh.

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According to Variety, Ming-Na Wen has been confirmed to join the cast of Sony's upcoming 'Karate Kid' film.

The previously announced cast includes Ben Wang in the lead role, as well as returning actors Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio, reprising their characters from previous films in the franchise. Joining them will be Joshua Jackson and Sadie Stanley.

The movie will be directed by Jonathan Entwistle, with the screenplay written by Rob Lieber. Karen Rosenfelt will serve as the producer.

Sony Pictures has set the release date for December 13, 2024 in theaters.

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11 hours ago, TheOtakuX said:

This also reminds me that I've only seen the first three Karate Kid movies. I should watch the others. And the show.

The show is a ton of fun as long as you don't take it too seriously. 

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2 hours ago, RobertD said:

The show is a ton of fun as long as you don't take it too seriously. 

It helps that the show doesn't take itself seriously. It's gotten a little more melodramatic as it's gone one, but it's remained generally tongue-in-cheek and kept its sense of humor for the most part.

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1 minute ago, Satam said:

It helps that the show doesn't take itself seriously. It's gotten a little more melodramatic as it's gone one, but it's remained generally tongue-in-cheek and kept its sense of humor for the most part.

Yeah, that's kind of what I meant.  The movies are a lot more straightforward in tone, lighthearted at times but earnest, while the show spends a decent amount of time poking fun at them. 

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Deadline has announced that Aramis Knight and Wyatt Oleff have been cast in Sony Pictures' upcoming Karate Kid film, alongside Ben Wang in the lead role. The specific characters that the new additions will portray have not been revealed yet.

Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio have been confirmed to return to their iconic roles to further expand the original franchise's mythology. Joining them are Joshua Jackson, Sadie Stanley, and Ming-Na Wen, who will also be a part of this project.

Jonathan Entwistle will be directing the film, while Rob Lieber has penned the screenplay. Karen Rosenfelt will be taking on the role of producer.

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