Call it the Karate Kid cinematic universe.
Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio both starred in Karate Kid The movies, spanning decades, are set to reunite their popular characters in the latest installment of Sony Pictures' iconic martial arts franchise.
Jonathan Entwistle is best known for his highly acclaimed and award-winning teen television dramas I don't agree with this And The end of the f***ing worldis directing the untitled feature which the studio is pitching as adding to and continuing the mythology of the original franchise.
The global search for an actor to play the erstwhile title character began today, with Chan and Macchio kicking things off with an introductory video, seen below.
Rob Lieber, whose credits include Sony peter rabbit and disney's Alexander and the terrible, terrible, no good very bad day, wrote the script. The plot line is hidden behind the dojo.
However, it is known that the latest iteration will bring the story to the East Coast and focus on a teen from China who finds strength and direction through martial arts and a tough but wise mentor.
Karen Rosenfelt is producing the feature, which Sony has set for a December 13, 2024 release date. A spring shoot is being monitored.
Karate Kid Launched in 1984, the original film was an unexpected hit. In it, Macchio played Daniel LaRusso, a kid from Brooklyn who moves to California and finds himself an unlikely karate champion under the tutelage of Mr. Miyagi, an apartment servant who is highly skilled in karate. Miyagi was played by the late Pat Morita, who earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work.
The film spawned three sequels – Macchio appeared in two of them, while Hilary Swank played the lead role in 1994 – and the franchise has seen a resurgence over the years. cobra kai, The series became a whirlwind kick hit for YouTube and Netflix, bringing back many of the original characters, including LaRusso, as it introduced a new generation of butt-kicking teens. Fans have named these stories Miyagi-verse after Morita's character; Morita died in 2011.
Sony revived the title with a remake in 2010, which updated the story for more modern and global times, focusing on an American kid, played by Jaden Smith, who moves to Beijing and finds himself in the middle of nowhere. Hee is trained by a handyman/martial arts master played by Chan. A beloved international star at the time. The film proved to be another unexpected hit, grossing $359 million on a $40 million budget, and received positive reviews.
other than that Karate Kid work, Macchio set hearts aflutter with his breakout role in Francis Ford Coppola's foreigner, He also starred in the 1992 comedy my cousin vinnyand most recently, the HBO series deuce,
Chan, a multihyphenate who also directs and produces, became an action star in his native China with films like drunken Master and franchise police Story And Project A, where his acrobatic stuntwork astounded the audience. After its American success in 1995 Rumble in the Bronxhe went on to star in Busy time And Shanghai Noon Action comedy. He played the lead voice role in Kung Fu Panda Movies and most recently voiced in Splinter Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem, In 2016, Chan became the first Chinese actor to be honored with an Academy Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the film industry.
Chan is represented by CAA and Jessica Chen. Macchio is played by Untitled Entertainment, Buchwald and Hansen Jacobson.
Entwistle is represented by CAA, Grandview and Jackoway Tyerman, while Leiber is represented by Verve, Fourth Wall Management and Sloane Offers.