In a move that will sweep the leg out from many fans, YouTube Red has ordered sequel to the classic 1984 Karate Kid which will star Ralph Macchio as Daniel Russo and William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence. Set 30 years after their intense tournament fight the sequel finds the pair back at it. Check out the details below.
Karate Kid is a solid movie that still stands up today with a Rotten Tomato rating of 90%. Directed by John G. Avildsen (Rocky) Karate Kid has gone on to take a place in American pop culture that many films would envy. Now YouTube Red is bringing that back with a 10 episode streaming series Cobra Kai that should hit the Internet in 2018.
While Pat Morita who played Mr. Miyagi has passed and won’t be in this, his character’s impact will be felt in the series as 30 years after that first tournament, Daniel is struggling with the loss his mentor and sensi while Johnny Lawrence, who is also having his own struggles in life, decides to re-open his old dojo the Cobra Kai. Their childhood rivalry soon heats up.
One interesting bit is that this series is described as a half hour comedy. Not sure how that will play out as the movie was more on the serious side, but it should be fun to see how this new series turns out.
Cobra Kai premieres in 2018 on YouTube Red.