The Karate Kid, which turns 33 this year, has had several sequels, an animated series, and even a Jackie Chan/Jaden Smith remake but things are finally coming full circle with the announcement that Ralph Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso and Billy Zapka’s Johnny Lawrence are returning for a 10-part YouTube Red series.
As reported by THR, the series will be called Cobra Kai and will see archenemies Daniel and Johnny return as the heads of rival dojos. It will take the form of a half-hour comedy(???) and has already had offers from the likes of Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, and AMC:
The series, set to bow in 2018, is set 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and revolves around a down and out Johnny who, seeking redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. It reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita). The half-hour comedy follows the duo addressing demons from their past and present frustrations — through (what else?) karate.
Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) as well as duo Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar) will pen the script and exec produce alongside Macchio and Zabka. Hurwitz and Schlossberg will direct much of the series. Will Smith’s Sony Pictures Television Studios-based Overbrook Entertainment will exec produce with James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett overseeing for the company.
For context, Zabka and Macchio turn 52 and 55 this year, respectively, so it will be interesting to see if their middle age rivalry will be as intense as their teenage one. We’re expecting all sorts of crane kick and leg sweep action!
Cobra Kai arrives sometime in 2018. Will you watch it?