Well, this is one movie that has been bad mouthed up and down the internet, even before anyone saw a foot of footage. And now, here comes the trailer. It actually looks better than I would have expected. Now, Jackie Chan actually only plays a character similar to Mr. Miyagi. Since this film takes place in China, and not Japan, his name in this film has been changed to Mr. Han.
The Karate Kid, played by Will Smith's son, Jaden Smith, is named Dre Parker, not Daniel as played by Ralph Machio in the original film.
While the new film will be set in Beijing, China, it will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor. Whereas Daniel Larusso and his mother faced a regional move across the United States in the the first film, the producers say the script will escalate language barrier conflicts and an international collision of world views into the bully-victim-turned-martial-artist tale.
This film is set to hit theaters on June 11, 2010. I had originally heard that this was going to be released with a different title but I guess that they decided to stick with "The Karate Kid".