Breck Eisner is Directing The Karate Kid 2. The selection of Breck Eisner answers the question of who will direct the sequel to the 2010 The Karate Kid film. Both Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith are set to reprise their respective roles. The original film’s director, Harald Zwart, does not seem to be returning for the sequel in any capacity. That is a pity. He shots and his eye made the film beautiful (he made the environment and regional culture a character in the film).
On Breck Eisner’s directing career:
His first commercial was Budweiser’s Powersurge, which aired during the 1997 Super Bowl. He also took the helm for Rold Gold pretzels’ “Comrades” starring Jason Alexander, which featured Pretzel Boy on a rescue mission to the Mir space station. Eisner’s two anti-smoking spots for the California Department of Health Services, “Gala Event” and “Funeral,” were selected as Best Spots in back-to-back issues of Adweek. In addition, Eisner’s “Mad Dog” for Coors’s Zima aired during the Seinfeld finale and was chosen by USA Today‘s “Ad Meter” as the #1 spot. He has also done commercials for Sony, Sega and Coca-Cola.
Eisner’s success in the commercial world opened the door for him to direct the TV movie The Invisible Man for the Sci Fi Channel. That led to an episode of DreamWorks Television’s mini-series Taken (2002), executive-produced by Steven Spielberg and starring Dakota Fanning.
His film debut was the crime drama Thoughtcrimes (2003), which went straight to video. He then directed Sahara (2005), starring Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz and William H. Macy. The movie is considered one of the biggest financial failures in Hollywood history.
Eisner currently works as a director of film and television. In October 2005, it was announced that Eisner would direct a remake of the classic monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon which was dropped in 2009 for unnamed reasons, and in February 2008 it was announced that he would direct The Crazies, a remake of the film of the same name, released in 2010. In December 2009, it was announced he will direct the remakes of Flash Gordon and The Brood, though he later backed out of the latter. He is rumored to direct the remake of Escape from New York. Eisner is set to direct the film adaptation of the Mark Wheatley comic book Blood of the Innocent. He is in talks to direct movie adaption of the Hasbro board game Ouija.
On the 2010 film:
The Karate Kid (pinyin: G?ngfu Mèng; literally “The Kung Fu Dream“; also known as Karate Kid 5) is a 2010 Chinese-American martial artsactiondrama and remake of the 1984 film of the same name. It is the fifth installment of the Karate Kid series, serving a reboot.
The film was directed by Harald Zwart and produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the film stars Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. Principal photography for the film took place in Beijing, China; filming began around July 2009 and ended on October 16, 2009. The Karate Kid was released theatrically in the United States on June 11, 2010.
The plot concerns a 12-year-old boy from Detroit, Michigan who moves to Beijing, China with his mother and runs afoul of the neighborhood bully. He makes an unlikely ally in the form of his aging maintenance man, Mr. Han, a kung fumaster who teaches him the secrets of self-defense.
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