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The Karate Kid (2010 film)
Directed by Harald Zwart
Produced by Jerry Weintraub
Will Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith
James Lassiter
Ken Stovitz
Written by Screenplay:
Christopher Murphey
Story:
Robert Mark Kamen
Starring Jackie Chan
Jaden Smith
Studio Overbrook Entertainment
JW Productions
China Film Group
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) June 11, 2010
Country United States
Language English

The Karate Kid is an upcoming 2010 martial arts film remake of the 1984 film of the same name. Directed by Harald Zwart, the remake stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Principal photography for the film took place in Beijing, China; filming began around July 2009 and ended on October 16, 2009. The Karate Kid will be released theatrically in the United States on June 11, 2010. Even before the film's release, criticism has been received due to its cast and the title.

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On November 10, 2008, Variety reported that work on a Karate Kid remake had begun.[1][2] Variety stated that the new film, to be produced by Will Smith, "has been refashioned as a star vehicle for Jaden Smith" and that it would "borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor."[3] On June 22, 2009, Jackie Chan told a Los Angeles Chinatown concert crowd that he was leaving for Beijing to film the remake as Jaden Smith's teacher.[2].

Unlike the original 1984 movie, The Karate Kid, the 2010 remake does not feature the modern interpretation of karate, which is from Okinawa. Despite its title, the new film focuses on a boy learning kung-fu in China. Chan has told interviewers that film cast members have been referring to the movie as The Kung Fu Kid and believes the film will only be called Karate Kid in America, and Kung Fu Kid in Asia. [4]

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