Sony and Will Smith‘s Overbrook Entertainment have hired screenwriting team Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer to write Karate Kid 2, which now has an empty director’s chair as Breck Eisner has exited due to a scheduling conflict with his Vin Diesel pic The Last Witchhunter. The scribes follow Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris and Zak Penn, who previously had been tapped to write the sequel. Friedman and Palmer’s action comedy script Family Getaway made the 2010 Black List, and the pair was subsequently hired to script the Bodyguard remake for Warner Bros-based Lin Pictures. They earned more press in 2012 when they sold their Die Hard-esque pitch Speeding Bullet to Universal in a mid-six-figure deal. Sony’s Karate Kid sequel will return stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith for more martial arts action in the studio’s blockbuster franchise reboot. Harald Zwart directed the 2010 Karate Kid, which scored $343 million worldwide with a contemporary China-set take on the crane-kicking 1980s original.
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