“The Karate Kid” Is Heading to the Stage

Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio in "The Karate Kid." Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock (1651612a)

Another classic is heading to the musical stage. 

Multiple outlets confirm that The Karate Kid is being developed for the stage

Original screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen who’s adapting the film said in a statement: “On June 13, 1982, my daughter Alessandra (Ali with an i) was born. Two days later, when she arrived home from the hospital, I sat down with her in one of those little rocking cradles at my side and began to write The Karate Kid. A year later, in October of 1983, principal photography began. A year after that, in June of 1984, exactly two years after I wrote the script, the film was in theaters. And there it stayed for nearly six months. Five sequels and two television shows later, amazingly the characters and the story still resonates with audiences the way it did when the film first was released. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this little movie would reach across generations the way it has. And beyond my wildest dreams did I think what started out as a love letter to my devotion to Okinawan Karate and the man who taught me would become a full-blown Broadway musical. But here it is. Here I am. And here is hoping that what comes to the stage brings the same joy and relevance The Karate Kid has brought to countless kids and their parents for the past 35 years. Go figure.”

Kamen is penning the book. Drew Gasparini is set to write the music and lyrics. Director Amon Miyamoto is set to helm the project with Keone and Mari Madrid set to serve as choreographers.

Production dates and casting have yet to be announced.