Karate Kid Sequel Cobra Kai Ordered to Series at YouTube Red; Ralph Macchio, William Zabka to Reprise Roles

The Karate Men?

YouTube Red has ordered to series Cobra Kai, a continuation of the classic 1984 film The Karate Kid, with Ralph Macchio and William Zabka on board to reprise their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the 10-episode series landed at the streaming service after a bidding war with the likes of Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and AMC.

Set to premiere in 2018, Cobra Kai is described as a half-hour comedy that takes place 30 years after the All Valley Karate Tournament. A down-on-his-luck Johnny decides to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo. Meanwhile, Daniel finds himself struggling without his mentor Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita). Soon enough, their onetime rivalry is reignited, and the two decide that the best way to deal with their feud is through — you guessed it — karate.

Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar) will serve as writers on the series, with Macchio and Zabka on board as EPs. The project hails from Will Smith’s  Overbrook Entertainment, which also developed the 2010 film remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

Will you wax on with YouTube’s Karate Kid sequel series?

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29 Comments
  1. xskip says:

    and again with remake…WTF…Why

  2. Tom says:

    I’d watch it, not sure why

  3. Tony says:

    Well….that is not something I expected. And as a half hour comedy???

  4. Billy meacham says:

    Would’ve been better if it was on Netflix.

  5. ragnar51 says:

    No Martin Kove? they could have had him come in as a janitor or some such.

  6. Angelo says:

    Well it a shame it is on the massively restricted YouTube RED

  7. Michael Littlefield says:

    Where’s Barney Stinson when you need him? :)

  8. If it was the same tone as the movie, this might be terrific. But a half hour comedy? That makes no sense.

    Where would these people be in 30 years?

    Johnny was a flawed character, but not a terrible person. When we first met him, he was a “bad boy” trying to turn his life around. He had a bad teacher showing him bad things, but by the end of the movie, he gained respect for Daniel, and saw Kreese for what he was. He also likely respected Myagi, who saved him from a beating.

    This is the type of person that would go off to college, mature, and be a good person as an adult, likely regretting everything he did to Daniel and apologizing at the first HS reunion.

    As for Daniel, Myagi was like a father to him, but he was always a good person, and likely would be in a place where he wouldn’t carry a grudge with Johnny, and would certainly be over what happened, especially since he did win that fight. Classic case of a bullied person standing up to his tormentor, and winning.

    I don’t know if they would be friends, but they wouldn’t be dwelling on a short period in high school, 30 years later.

    Daniel wouldn’t care if Johnny started up a dojo unless he was teaching people to bully others, which would be unlikely.

    • You are 100% right Marc! The audience was looking for Karate Kid storyline based on the KK1 theme. A teenager drama/adventure movie, not a comedy. For the 30th anniversary of KK1, fans wanted a final instalment as a tribute to Pat Morita, perhaps a movie set 10 years after the end of KK, with a good positive message of respect and anti bullying.

  9. YippiKai says:

    I want a gay love story between Zabka and Macchio’s characters.

  10. Nemo says:

    Is it April 1st already?

  11. dansue says:

    No Hilary Swank? Or are they saving her for season 2?

  12. David says:

    Nothing is sacred.

  13. Chris Hubble says:

    It’ll be the best around. No one’s ever keeping this show down!

  14. Lilly says:

    I will watch it – but don’t really understand how it is going to work as a comedy. Also, not happy about the rivals/enemies bit. Well, we will see.

    • I think the audience in general will not understand how a movie that was great for passing a message of respect, friendship and anti bullying will work as a comedy. Why not making a movie developing the characters in a more serious and mature way? Well, director John Avildsen wanted a different KK3, not about karate revenge and yet Producers did not support his vision and KK3 was the weak of all 3. Also Producers did not agree on Elisabeth Shue’s role for KK2, thus ending Ali storyline abruptly, a big mistake, as the audience watched Daniel and Ali as a team for the whole KK1, then she simply vanished… we hope that some Producer will see the full potential of the franchise and make a good movie about it.