Filming Begins On The Sixth KARATE KID Movie Which Will Star Jackie Chan And Ralph Macchio

Filming Begins On The Sixth KARATE KID Movie Which Will Star Jackie Chan And Ralph Macchio Filming Begins On The Sixth KARATE KID Movie Which Will Star Jackie Chan And Ralph Macchio

Following the success of the Cobra Kai TV show, the Karate Kid franchise is hoping to be further reinvigorated with a new picture that is scheduled for release in December 2024.

By MarkJulian - Apr 03, 2024 10:04 PM EST
Filed Under: Action

The next theatrical chapter of the Karate Kid franchise is now filming, according to social media posts from director Jonathan Entwistle.

Despite early reports suggesting the movie would be a reboot, Jackie Chan's reprisal of Mr. Han from the 2010 movie starring Jaden Smith was the first indication that the sixth Karate Kid movie would be a continuation.

The news that original Karate Kid actor Ralph Macchio will be playing Daniel LaRusso in the movie served to confirm rumors that the two films would be referenced in the upcoming film.

It seems the film is set to introduce a new teen that will take up the titular mantle as Ben Wang will portray "a teen from China who moves to the East Coast and  finds strength and direction via martial arts from a mentor."

Rounding out the cast are Joshua Jackson, Sadie Stanley, and Ming-Na Wen in undisclosed roles.

Jonathan Entwistle is directing from a script written by Rob Lieber.

The new Karate Kid film currently has a release date set for December 13, 2024.

With Maachio and Chan attached, it seems the new film will attempt to blend the original trilogy of Karate Kid films from the '80s with the quasi-reboot of the 2010 film which switched the martial arts style from karate to kung-fu.

All five previous Karate Kid films, including the much-lamented 1994 film which starred Hillary Swank, are now confirmed to be set within the same continuity.

Four months ago, Sony launched a global search for the next lead character of the franchise, implying that a newcomer would likely land the role.

However, it seems Wang, who just starred in the Disney+ American Born Chinese series was too charismatic for Sony to pass up.

Macchio will next appear in Netflix's sixth and final season of Cobra Kai (which is currently without a premiere date), which follows Daniel LaRusso as he rediscovers his passion for karate and builds a (tentative) connection with his former nemesis from the first film, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka).

Cobra Kai executive producers Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and Hayden Schlossberg have previously stated that they are not involved with the new Karate Kid film, therefore it is uncertain whether any of the other cast members outside of Macchio will appear in the film.

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TheNewYorker - 4/3/2024, 11:05 PM
Cool. Jackie is getting old, I wanna see him in as many projects as possible, before..
HashTagSwagg - 4/3/2024, 11:09 PM
@TheNewYorker - before he gets olderer
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McMurdo - 4/3/2024, 11:18 PM
I watched the Foreigner the other day with Chan. Might be his best work.
HeavyMetal4Life - 4/4/2024, 12:01 AM
@McMurdo - he and Pierce Brosnan were great in that flick
McMurdo - 4/4/2024, 12:06 AM
@HeavyMetal4Life - I was really into that film I thought it was really well done!
UniqNo - 4/4/2024, 3:34 AM
@McMurdo - Yeah. Last time i saw him in anything aside from a rewarch of rush hour 2. But that movie definitely show some of his actual acting ability not depending on comedy.
IAmAHoot - 4/4/2024, 7:39 AM
@McMurdo - This scene was darn cool! MArtin Campbell is also no slouch when it comes to filming action.

lazlodaytona - 4/4/2024, 9:25 AM
@McMurdo - For me, his best will always be "Rumble in the Bronx."

I also have a soft spot for "Shanghai Noon." I know it's a big-company flick, but I thought he was hilarious in that film. Never will I like the second one though. EVER.
dracula - 4/3/2024, 11:33 PM
How will this work
AnthonyVonGeek - 4/3/2024, 11:33 PM
Please no Jayden Smith….
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tylerzero - 4/3/2024, 11:42 PM

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Order66 - 4/3/2024, 11:48 PM
Damn so that terrible movie is canon now. Great.
AlexGSpeaks - 4/4/2024, 12:28 AM
So this is separate from Cobra Kai, I'm guessing? The Karate Kid multiverse?
AliX - 4/4/2024, 11:43 AM
@AlexGSpeaks - Apparently they all take place in the same universe. the movies & the show
dracula - 4/4/2024, 12:46 AM
They dont expect us to believe Ralph can take Jackie in a fight
LSHF - 4/4/2024, 12:51 AM
@dracula - Maybe Jackie will train him to improve his already excellent skills?

Because you are right: I don't believe Ralph can take him on, (too many Jackie fans will have a hard time "suspending disbelief".
dracula - 4/4/2024, 1:02 AM
@LSHF - will take a crazy amount of disbelief for anyone really.

None of the moves in any of the karate kid and cobra kai series come even close to matching jackie’s skills and speed

LSHF - 4/4/2024, 3:00 AM
@dracula - Makes sense (thank you). I've never seen any of the karate/cobra films or series, but I've seen a few Jackie Chan films.
Matador - 4/4/2024, 9:57 AM
@dracula - Only if he stand really still with one leg in air maybe just maybe there's a chance.

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Still the dumbest special move till this day which makes Dan proud.

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ThorArms - 4/4/2024, 1:04 AM
December? Hmm..Doubt it
BigDriggs - 4/4/2024, 1:48 AM
Aren't they doing one last kobra kai season, too?
Forthas - 4/4/2024, 2:44 AM
Seems a bit forced but they did a great job with the Netflix series I am willing to give it a chance.
WarMonkey - 4/4/2024, 6:32 AM
@Forthas - It's not being made by the same Cobra Kai crew. They are gone now after last season airs and this movie and the people involved are trying to leech off of their success. It's very disrespectful IMO.
Forthas - 4/4/2024, 7:55 AM
@WarMonkey - I see and understand your point. I would like to hear more about why the Cobra Kai team is not involved. If they were not invited to be then you are right and that would sour my desire to see the film.
WarMonkey - 4/4/2024, 9:46 AM
@Forthas - Here's the relevant part of this article ...

"The lack of involvement from Cobra Kai's creators in the new Karate Kid movie suggests a change in direction that may disappoint fans. The new movie may struggle to win over Cobra Kai audiences if it casts aside the elements that viewers loved about the series. Despite the concerns, there is still a chance for the new Karate Kid movie to be successful by reimagining and reworking the source material to create a new story."

XtremeXFan - 4/4/2024, 3:36 AM
so that makes the 2010 movie Canon?, oke, wonder if that means we'll see the chracters from that movie in the last season of Cobra Kai.
WarMonkey - 4/4/2024, 6:26 AM
This is such a slap in the face to the Cobra Kai crew and it's fans. They brought the franchise back from the dead and now are being pushed aside for this garbage movie and idea. And WTF does China have to do with Karate, seems like cultural appropriation right?
BlackStar25 - 4/4/2024, 7:14 AM
Hope Jaden appears. Love that movie.

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Matador - 4/4/2024, 9:58 AM
@BlackStar25 - Not sure why they just didn't name it Kung Fu Kid?
HulkisHoly - 4/4/2024, 11:28 AM
@Matador -


he didn’t learn karate and was in China!
FusionWarrior - 4/4/2024, 7:32 AM
In the meantime, I'm just waiting to wrap up Cobra Kai!
IronMan616 - 4/4/2024, 7:50 AM
Good thing they're not bringing back Will Smith's dumbass kid.
SteelGunZ - 4/4/2024, 8:13 AM

Who asked for this?
Forthas - 4/4/2024, 11:24 AM
@WarMonkey - Here is the relevant part of my initial response...

"I would like to hear more about why the Cobra Kai team is not involved."

It is one thing if Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg were asked to be a part of the film but asked for too much money or insisted on some demands the studio was not ready to meet and another thing if they were not asked at all.
WarMonkey - 4/4/2024, 4:33 PM
@Forthas - I've been following this stuff for a long time now and forget a lot of specifics. Basically, they were not asked and woke up one day and they found out just like the rest of us that a movie was coming. Something about how Will Smith has stake in the franchise and some other owners who decided to monetize the success of Cobra Kai for themselves and took it from them. The involvement of the young asian kid is only thing that is new in this recent news. Speculation for over a year has been on if this would continue Cobra Kai canon or not. People have started to see Ralph M. as a sell-out for this cause he used to be highly protective of the character. Now we wait to see if our worries are completely justified or not.
Forthas - 4/4/2024, 5:29 PM
@WarMonkey - I do remember some of that! Either way the kids that helped bring back Cobra Kai deserve to reap the benefits of its success mo matter how you slice it. It will be very tragic if they don't.
Spoken - 4/4/2024, 9:49 AM
Very interesting. Loved Cobra Kai!
HulkisHoly - 4/4/2024, 11:30 AM
LOVE cobra Kai and I thought they talked about doing a film to wrap up the show and I thought that’s what this was or is it a spin off taking place after or maybe before?

What if the film takes place before Cobra Kai and they de age Daniel. Then in the last season, this Ben kid and Jackie Chan show up? 🤷‍♂️

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