Jackie Chan is in final negotiations to join the Columbia Pictures remake of The Karate Kid.
Harald Zwart will direct the film, which has been revamped as a starring vehicle for Jaden Smith.
Set in an exotic Asian locale, the new film will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied youth (Smith) learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor (Chan).
Chris Murphy wrote the screenplay. The film will shoot early this summer in Beijing.