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Karate Kid sequel series coming to YouTube Red

08.04.2017

Get ready to see some leg sweeping because more KARATE KID is on the way – and not with Jaden Smith.

You read that right, in what might be the most unexpected news ever it was announced today that a sequel series to the 1984 classic, THE KARATE KID, will be coming to YouTube Red in 2018. The series will star original cast members Ralph Macchio and William Zabka and will pick up where the film left off over 30 years ago.

Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The show is about two men addressing past demons and present frustrations the only way they know how: through karate.

The show, called COBRA KAI, is written and executive produced by Josh Heald (HOT TUB TIME MACHINE), and Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (HAROLD & KUMAR) and will be directed by the latter two. The three released a statement saying:

Like everyone who grew up in the 1980s, the three of us are enormous fans of THE KARATE KID. Cobra Kai will be a true continuation of the original films – packed with comedy, heart, and thrilling fight scenes. We can’t wait to reignite the LaRusso-Lawrence rivalry, and we’re thankful to our partners at YouTube Red, Sony Pictures Television, and Overbrook for their shared enthusiasm in making our dream project a reality.

The weirdest part of this is probably the YouTube Red angle, seeing as how the streaming service has only created original content that goes unseen by anyone over 20. But this seems purely for the older end of the generation, for those who remember seeing KID when it was a smash hit in the 80's, and for people like me who watched it fondly in the 90's. I don't know if I need to see this new series, but with a doubt, I am curious to see how it plays with people.

Source: YouTube RedDeadline

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4:45AM on 08/06/2017
In the finale, Danny attempts the crane kick, but can't get more than five inches off the ground due to arthritis.
In the finale, Danny attempts the crane kick, but can't get more than five inches off the ground due to arthritis.
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5:58AM on 08/05/2017
Oh boy.
I'm kinda fed up with these sequels that are made 20 or 30 years after the original. Most of the time they suck. I love The Karate Kid so I have a sort of interest about this news but I'm not prett sure it's gonna be great.
Oh boy.
I'm kinda fed up with these sequels that are made 20 or 30 years after the original. Most of the time they suck. I love The Karate Kid so I have a sort of interest about this news but I'm not prett sure it's gonna be great.
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7:19PM on 08/04/2017
This has potential to be interesting.
This has potential to be interesting.
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12:40PM on 08/04/2017

Great Premise

evolving the characters with respect is a great way, take note Disney(star wars)
evolving the characters with respect is a great way, take note Disney(star wars)
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12:22PM on 08/04/2017
Wow, the premise actually sounds pretty good.
Wow, the premise actually sounds pretty good.
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12:03PM on 08/04/2017

Getting the two stars back is why I'm actually excited

It's not a reboot, it's not a remake. It's 30 years later. That is what people want. Youtube Red already has a few good movies out like Ghost Team.
It's not a reboot, it's not a remake. It's 30 years later. That is what people want. Youtube Red already has a few good movies out like Ghost Team.
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11:57AM on 08/04/2017
I always thought that once Daniel beat all of the Cobras Johnny developed a respect for Daniel and especially Myagi after he saved him from his teacher
I always thought that once Daniel beat all of the Cobras Johnny developed a respect for Daniel and especially Myagi after he saved him from his teacher
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11:06AM on 08/04/2017
Hooray?
Hooray?
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