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04/30/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jackie Chan's Karate Kid Remake to Be Called Kung Fu Kid

First Showing's sources reveal that Jackie Chan, who will step into the shoes of Oscar winning late Pat Morita as the mentor Mr. Miyagi announced the desired name change in an interview. Harold Zwart (The Pink Panther 2) directs from rookie scribe Chris Murphy who has borrowed elements from the original 1980's film. The name change hints that they are not going to be afraid to shake things up for this remake and as far as I'm concerned, it's a positive thing. 1

Well it seems like the studio is aware of the potential backlash, and according to a comment made by Jackie Chan, discovered by FirstShowing, have decided to change the title of the film. The title change appeases my anger over the idea of a remake or reimagining, possibly because it might not be seen as such with a title like "The Kung Fu Kid". And yes, people forget this because the film's legacy has already suffered from the sequels and remake The Next Karate Kid. Jaden, an avid practitioner of karate, made his big screen debut as Will Smith's son (big stretch) in Pursuit of Happyness. 3
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