Will Stephen Chow help remake The Karate Kid?

Will Smith has been talking about his plan to remake The Karate Kid for a while – most notably on his recent trip to Hong Kong for the premiere of I Am Legend (while also turning on his charm to try and convince stubborn Chinese officials to release the movie on the mainland) – and now Asian Popcorn has talked to Stephen Chow, who says Smith wants him for the movie.

According to the writer/director/producer/martial arts genius, Smith floated the idea of Chow producing and directing the film, as well as playing Mr Miyagi (we assume – we doubt he’d want Ralph Macchio’s lead part).

But while he’s interested, Chow is also busy, as he told the site: "I'm very fond of The Karate Kid and would love to join in the remake project, no matter as a producer, director or actor. But it depends on my schedule. As you know, next year I will work on two movies, Dragon Ball and Journey To The West."

And Smith isn’t the only Hollywood type to think of Chow for a film – Seth Rogen keeps mentioning his name as a possible Kato for The Green Hornet. Ah, what it must be like to be so wanted…

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