Sony Retools Karate For Jaden Smith

Sony Pictures is retooling its remake of the 1984 family hit “The Karate Kid” as a star vehicle for Jaden Smith reports Variety.

The new film, being penned by Chris Murphy, borrows elements of the original’s plot in which a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.

Smith, a martial arts practitioner in his own right, can be seen in “The Pursuit of Happyness” alongside his father Will Smith, and in next month’s remake of “The Day the Earth Stood Still”.

Jerry Weintraub, James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz and Will Smith will produce. Shooting will kick off in Beijing, China and other cities next year.