Jackie Chan and Macchio Unite for 'Karate Kid' Revival



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Jackie Chan and Macchio Unite for 'Karate Kid' Revival
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In a thrilling development for martial arts cinema, Jackie Chan and Ralph Macchio, both icons of the Karate Kid saga, are gearing up to reprise their legendary roles in Sony Pictures' new chapter of this enduring franchise.

With an eye on blending and extending the rich lore of the original series, Sony is orchestrating a spectacular fusion of past and present. At the helm of this untitled feature is Jonathan Entwistle, celebrated for his critically acclaimed and award-laden teen TV dramas, including "I'm Not Okay with This" and "The End of the F****** World".

The project embarks on a worldwide quest to cast a Chinese actor for the title role, inaugurated by an engaging intro video featuring Chan and Macchio.

East Coast Mystery Unveiled

The script, penned by Rob Lieber of "Peter Rabbit" and "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" fame, teases a narrative shrouded in mystery.

While specific details remain elusive, the film is set to transport audiences to the East Coast. Here, a Chinese teenager discovers resilience and purpose through martial arts, guided by a mentor whose wisdom is as profound as his martial prowess.

Under Karen Rosenfelt's production leadership, the film is slated for a December 13, 2024, release, with production commencing in spring. "The Karate Kid", a surprise hit in 1984, starred Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, a Brooklyn native who finds unexpected karate glory in California under Mr.

Miyagi, portrayed by the late Pat Morita. The film's success spawned three sequels and a revival through "Cobra Kai", a series that reignited the franchise, blending original characters with a new generation of martial artists.

This extension is affectionately termed the Miyagi-verse, a nod to Morita's iconic character. Sony's 2010 reimagining with Chan and Jaden Smith brought the story into a modern, global context, achieving both critical acclaim and box office success.

Macchio, whose career skyrocketed with "The Outsiders" and "My Cousin Vinny", also made recent appearances in HBO's "The Deuce". Chan, a multifaceted star known for his roles in "Drunken Master", "Police Story", and "Project A", broke into the American market with "Rumble in the Bronx".

His expansive career includes voice roles in "Kung Fu Panda" and the upcoming "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem". In 2016, Chan was honored with an Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, a first for a Chinese actor.

CAA and Jessica Chen represent Chan, while Macchio is represented by Untitled Entertainment, Buchwald, and Hansen Jacobson. Entwistle and Lieber are represented by CAA, Grandview, Jackoway Tyerman, Verve, Fourth Wall Management, and Sloane, Offer, respectively.

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