Surprise news just in, fans of the 80’s classic Karate Kid could be in for a treat as it’s been announced that a TV sequel is being developed for YouTube Red with stars of the original Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reuniting to reignite their onscreen rivalry.
The sequel, titled Cobra Kai, will be a ten episode series, each 30 minutes in length, set thirty years after the original which will see Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) down on his luck and seeking redemption by reopening the Cobra Kai karate dojo in which he learnt his killer moves which couldn’t quite defeat Daniel Larusso (Macchio).
While Daniel has grown into a successful man, he misses the guidance of late mentor Mr Miyagi and with news of Johnny reopening the dojo, old wounds are reopened setting the two men against each other once again.
Those of us lucky enough to experience the original back in 1984 were left with iconic moments that have lasted a lifetime with the phrase Wax on, Wax off still bringing back memories of the classic movie.
In the original Daniel (Ralph Macchio) moves to Southern California with his mother, Lucille (Randee Heller), but quickly finds himself the target of a group of bullies who study karate at the Cobra Kai dojo. Fortunately, Daniel befriends Mr. Miyagi (Noriyuki “Pat” Morita), an unassuming repairman who just happens to be a martial arts master himself. Miyagi takes Daniel under his wing, training him in a more compassionate form of karate and preparing him to compete against the brutal Cobra Kai.
Harold & Kumar creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg will be taking the helm on the Sony Pictures Television Studios and Overbrook Entertainment series. Hot Tub Time Machine scribe will be penning the series alongside Hurwitz and Schlossberg who will also serve as executive producers alongside James Lassiter and Caleb Pinkett.
Are you excited for the return of Daniel son or should this classic be left where it is?
Watch a classic moment from the film below in our special video marking its announcement.