Movie News in 60 Seconds: 'Karate Kid' Sequel & 'The Jetsons' Score Writers, More Sundance Deals and Hardwicke Bashes 'Twilight'

Movie News in 60 Seconds: 'Karate Kid' Sequel & 'The Jetsons' Score Writers, More Sundance Deals and Hardwicke Bashes 'Twilight'

Feb 08, 2012

The Karate Kid and The Jetsons Return -- Wondering whether Jaden Smith would return for a sequel to his pretty successful Karate Kid reboot? Well wonder no more as Columbia Pictures has asked Zak Penn to write the screenplay. Penn has written drafts for a number of films, including The Incredible Hulk, and there's no word on whether he'll be using anything from a previous draft of the script from Cyrus Voris and Ethan Reiff. Story is being kept under wraps, but we wouldn't be surprised if this one saw the duo of Smith and Jackie Chan return to America. [Variety]

Meanwhile, remember that live-action Jetsons movie that never got off the ground? Well they're still trying to get it off the ground, minus Robert Rodriguez this time. Van Robichaux and Evan Susser have been hired to write a script. The duo are known for writing a script about the making of Star Wars from Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew's perspective. It's called Chewie, and was on the 2011 Black List. Will this be the script that gets The Jetsons into production? Only time will tell ... [Variety]

Bachelorette Among New Sundance Deals -- The dirty, raunchy R-rated Bachelorette was among a trio of Sundance deals that took place over the past 24 hours. The Weinstein Co. picked up Bachelorette for around $2 million, hoping to release it on both VOD and in theaters at the same time. Image Entertainment acquired the dramedy GOATS, while Anchor Bay picked up the midnight flick Excision. [Deadline]

Catherine Hardwicke Bashes Twilight -- In a chat with Vulture, Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke didn't have the greatest things to say about the film's original script. "I thought the script was horrible, but then I looked it up on the Internet and I thought, Okay, it’s based on a book and people tend to like it. There’s gotta be something there. So I read the book and I thought it captured that feeling of being madly in love. And I thought, That’s kind of a good challenge, to see if, as a filmmaker, I could make you feel that giddy, crazy ... ” She certainly did make people (okay, young girls) feel giddy and the box office did go crazy, so we suppose she achieved her goals with that first installment. Whether anyone actually liked it is a different story. [Vulture]

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