A sequel series to the well-known, original Karate Kid film will launch on YouTube Red in 2018.
The series will reunite stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. Currently titled “Cobra Kai,” the 10-episode, half-hour series picks up 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, reports Variety.
In the show, Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) searches for redemption by reopening the Cobra Kai karate dojo. This reignites his rivalry with Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who is trying to maintain balance in his life without his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.
The series is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios. Heald was the screenwriter behind the cult classic “Hot Tub Time Machine.” Hurwitz and Schlossberg created the successful “Harold & Kumar” film series. The latter pair will also direct much of the series.
Susanne Daniels, global head of original content for YouTube, was on board as soon as she heard about the project. “The Karate Kid became an instant classic in the 1980s, and still resonates with audiences around the world and on YouTube today,” she said, according to Variety.
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