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Even though Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio never appeared on screen together, even though they directed films in different corners of the world Karate Kid universe, they now have this opportunity via a new installment of Sony’s very popular martial arts saga.
Macchio reprises his role as Daniel LaRusso, the karate champion molded by Pat Morita’s Mr. Miyagi, with Chan as Mr. Han, the kung fu master who helped Jaden Smith fend off bullies in the Sony film from 2010. Karate Kid redo. Details as to the film’s plot are under wraps, although sources say it will mark a continuation of the mythology of the original franchise.
Jonathan Entwistle (The end of the fucking world) is directing the as-yet-untitled film from a screenplay by Rob Lieber, with Karen Rosenfelt producing. Pic is scheduled to be released by Sony Pictures on December 13, 2024.
A pop culture phenomenon that spanned nearly three decades, the Karate Kid the franchise recently spawned the Emmy-nominated series Cobra Kai, reprising LaRusso more than three decades after his time with Miyagi, which found success on Netflix after debuting its first two seasons on YouTube. In addition to starring in this show created by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, Macchio serves as executive producer. Before Cobra Kaifive Karate Kid films were made beginning in 1984, which collectively grossed over $430 million worldwide.
News of the new Karate Kid The photo featuring Chan and Macchio was first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter.