Jackie Chan is in negotiations to star in Sony Pictures and Overbrook Entertainment’s remake of “The Karate Kid” says the trades.
Chan would take on the mentor role of Mr. Miyagi, made famous by Pat Morita in the original.
Jaden Smith is set to star as the boy that Chan trains, and the movie will examine the relationship between a martial arts expert and a boy who is picked on by bullies.
Harald Zwart has been signed on to helm the feature which will begin shooting this year in Beijing, Chris Murphy has been attached to pen the screenplay.
Will Smith, James Lassiter, Jerry Weintraub and Ken Stovitz will produce.