Breck Eisner to direct "Karate Kid 2"?
Harald Zwart remakes the 1984 classic with this 2010 martial arts family comedy-drama, produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and starring their son Jaden as the main character. Dre Parker (Smith) is a 12-year-old boy from Detroit who moves to Beijing, China with his mother and runs afoul of the neighborhood bully. He makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), a kung fu master who teaches him the secrets to self-defense. Taraji P. Henson plays the part of Dre's mother.
Breck Eisner has been confirmed as director for 'Karate Kid 2'.
Sony Pictures has negotiated a deal with the filmmaker to helm the follow-up to the popular martial arts action movie which will see Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan reunite, reports Deadline.com.
Eisner's famous works include the gritty horror film 'The Crazies' and 2005 action-comedy adventure 'Sahara', starring Matthew McConaughey.
The pressure for Eisner to deliver will be high after the previous installment grossed $56 million on its opening weekend in the US and ended with $343 million worldwide when the Harald Zwart directed the film in 2010.
'Karate Kid 2' is a risk for Sony who has placed invested a lot of money into in the care and feeding of franchises with global appeal as the 1984 original is still considered by fans as a classic.
Meanwhile, Eisner is directing 'The Last Witch Hunter' which sees Vin Diesel star as the anti-hero on the wrong side of authority who is constantly being hunted.