Columbia Pictures could be going with a different title for their upcoming remake project of 1984 "The Karate Kid". During an interview with New Zealand's 3 News in Hong Kong, Jackie Chan, the actor who has been cast as the new Mr. Miyagi, revealed that instead of using "The Karate Kid" as a title, the studio opted to name it "Kung Fu Kid".
"They don't want to call it Karate Kid anymore," the 54-year-old revealed after confirming his involvement in the remake project. "They want to call it Kung Fu Kid." While hinting on the title change, the "The Forbidden Kingdom" star didn't elaborate more on the reason behind the change. Columbia Pictures have not shared any comment on Chan's remark of the possible new title.
"Untitled Karate Kid Remake", or as Jackie Chan called it "Kung Fu Kid", will see Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith, as the new Daniel LaRusso. With the older Smith serving as the project's producer, the movie will be filmed in Beijing, China. Scripted by Chris Murphy, it will still deal with the same plot elements, a bullied teenager learning to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor.