“The mistakes of the past do not have to condition your future,” is one of the great lessons of the series Cobra Kaiand it seems that its original producers have decided to take their own advice, since Sony Pictures has just announced a new installment of the film franchise karate Kid. Although the reboot of the saga in 2010 has not achieved the expected success, Jackie Chan will once again lead the star cast of the project along with Ralph Macchioan iconic figure who starred in the first four films.
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The new feature film, as yet untitled, will be directed by Jonathan Entwistle, known for his teen television dramas such as This shit is beyond me and The End of the F***ing World. The script is written by Rob Lieber, who has worked on The antics of Peter Rabbit and Alexander and a terrible, horrible, bad… very bad day!
The plot of the production is being kept secret, but it is known that it will take viewers to the east coast of the United States, focusing on a teenager from China who discovers his strength and direction through martial arts and the guidance of a tough mentor. but wise. The planned release date is set for December 13, 2024, so filming will begin between March and April.
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The title that began in 1984 with its first installment, became an unexpected success, permeating popular culture. Macchio played Daniel LaRusso, a young man from Brooklyn who moves to California and becomes an unlikely karate champion under the tutelage of Mr. Miyagi, played by the late Pat Moritawho received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor for his work.
The resurgence of the franchise in recent years is largely due to the aforementioned Cobra Kaiwhose first two seasons were published on YouTube by Sony, representing an economic failure—but a triumph in views—so it was bought by Netflix, this being his home from the third season. The story reintroduced many of the already known characters, as well as introducing a new generation of young fighters. Fans have dubbed these stories as the “Miyagi-verse” in honor of the character of Morita.
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For his part, the Hong Kong-born actor is also a multifaceted director and producer, who became an action star in China with films such as The Drunken Master and the sagas Police Story and Project A. His great advance on the American continent occurred in 1995 with Massacre in New Yorkfollowed by the popular action comedies An explosive couple and Shanghai Noon. In 2016, he became the first Chinese actor to receive an Academy Award for lifetime achievement.
As part of the news, Chan and Macchio appear in a short video announcing a global audition to find the young protagonist of the next installment. The search focuses on an actor of Chinese descent who will personify the new apprentice. While waiting for more details, you can watch the movies of karate Kid and the seasons of Cobra Kai in Netflix.