A 'Karate Kid' TV Sequel Is Coming To Teach A Whole New Generation To "Wax On, Wax Off"
If you're a huge fan of the 1984 Karate Kid movie, then you should maybe take a seat. A 10-episode Karate Kid TV sequel called Cobra Kai is coming to YouTube Red, and it will featuring the original Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. The exciting news was released with details which indicate that the film’s initial stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will both be reprising their roles from the iconic '80s movie, which took place more than 30 years ago.
In terms of the comedic series’ plot, things will reportedly pick up in current times and feature the one-time rivals rehashing their past and current issues with one another through the art of karate, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Re-igniting their long standing beef, Daniel's former foe, Johnny, looks to seek redemption as he reopens the Cobra Kai dojo in preparation to battle it out with the now successful Daniel. Meanwhile Daniel, hopes to find balance in life without the help of his former sensei and mentor, Mr. Miyagi, who was portrayed by the late Pat Morita in the movie franchise.
YouTube Red reportedly went through a huge bidding war that included offers from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and AMC to retain rights to stream the series which was pitched by the film's stars, Macchio and Zabka. Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment will executive produce the project alongside Macchio and Zabka, according to reports from THR.
The reboot should come as no surprise to fans of the legendary film franchise, which became a huge pop culture phenomenon following it's big screen debut in 1984. The film saw the success of two follow up sequels as well as a mid '90s revamp featuring Hilary Swank and a 2010 reboot starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith. In total, THR indicates that franchise has grossed more than $619 million worldwide. As reboots have found themselves in demand as of late, it was only a matter of time before Karate Kid found its way back into the limelight.
It should be exciting to see both Macchio and Zabka back in action in the revival that boosted them both into national attention during their youth. Macchio was featured in all three original Karate Kid films, while Zabka only appeared in the first two.
The film was certainly a huge staple for many growing up in the '80s and '90s. It'll be great to see just how fans will warm up to the new half hour series when it makes its debut in 2018.