Breck Eisner No Longer Directing 'The Karate Kid 2'

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Just three months after signing on to direct Sony's Karate Kid sequel, Breck Eisner has dropped out of the project for Vin Diesel's The Last Witchhunter, Deadline has learned. No word on when either movie will be shooting, but apparently, their production schedules overlap, so Eisner has to choose between the two.

The 2010 reboot, which starred Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, grossed over $300 million at the global box office. For a movie that cost $40 million to make, a sequel is pretty much a given.

Smith and Chan are both expected back but where the sequel will take them is under wraps. The first movie took place in China, but there are speculations that the action will shift to the West in the sequel.

The script, which has gone through the hands of Cyrus Voris, Ethan Reiff and Zak Penn, will be written by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer.

Expect Eisner's replacement to be named in the coming weeks.

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