Sony is reportedly moving forward with a new Karate Kid movie. It’s sort of a remake, as it’s not carrying over any of the original characters, most of whom are currently involved with the Netflix series Cobra Kai. This time around, however, the story will do a role reversal, where the kid will take on the part of the teacher.
Murphy’s Multiverse dropped the news that “Sony is looking for a 17-year-old male, Chinese actor who speaks both Mandarin and English. The character is referred to as Li and is said to be small for his age, but tough, smart, and scrappy. He is said to be a skilled fighter and a student in Beijing who finds his life uprooted after his mother moves them to Brooklyn, New York. Li is said to be struggling with a past tragedy, which drives a wedge between him and his doctor mom, who has managed to handle the same tragedy in her own way. After Li meets Mia, a student from his high school, and her father, Victor, at a local pizza restaurant, he’ll soon find his life has changed yet again – for the better. Li soon finds himself training Victor in the art of Kung Fu, despite his mother’s stance against violence and fighting, and ultimately back in the ring himself.”
The film does not yet have a director, but Rob Lieber (Peter Rabbit) is attached to write the script. A start date has also yet to be revealed for the film’s production.