Will Smith Says Hello To ‘Hancock’ Sequel, Son Jaden Says Goodbye To ‘Karate Kid’ Crane Kick

Two small pieces of Smith family news today, both courtesy of  Will Smith is doing publicity for his upcoming film, Seven Pounds, and he was asked about Hancock and his son’s Karate Kid remake.

JoBlo asked Smith about any future superhero plans, and he responded that Hancock 2 will “definitely” be coming in the next few years.  Apparently “there are a lot of unexplored characters in the Hancock universe” that would make for an interesting sequel. 


I’m not sure how that fits with Hancock and his sister being the only remaining two of their kind, but if Smith can bring a dead Robert Neville back for I Am Still Legend then I’m sure he can find a few more superheroes for Hancock 2.  I actually really liked the first half of Hancock until the stupid and rushed second half involving Charlize Theron’s character turned the whole thing to shit.  But the movie did make over $600 million worldwide, and as of now is the fourth highest grosser of 2008 domestically, so a sequel is inevitable.

Smith also spoke about his son’s upcoming remake of The Karate Kid, and the news isn’t pretty.  Apparently young Jaden, seasoned veteran of at least (but no more than) two movies, is taking a stand on the classic crane kick that not only won Daniel Larusso a trophy but the hearts of Elizabeth Shue, Tamlyn Tomita, and all of America.  He doesn’t want the iconic crane move in his movie.  Apparently, Jaden wants his Daniel to kick ass with moves taken from video games.  The irony here is that papa Will is trying to convince his son not to mess with a classic film by changing something so important…

Did you know that Will Smith is one of 2008’s most fascinating people?  It’s true, at least according to ABC.

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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