Ralph Macchio is set to return as his most famous character, Daniel LaRusso, in a 10-episode series titled Cobra Kai, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Set 30 years after the original Karate Kid film, the series will also bring back William Zabka as Larusso’s former rival, the infamous Johnny Lawrence. The series will be shown on pay service YouTube Red, and will be written by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg. The latter of the two will take on the majority of directing duties.
“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,” Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg said collectively.
The plot of Cobra Kai will revolve around both Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, the latter, wanting to restore some sort of order in his life, decides to start up the Cobra Kai dojo once again. As for Macchio’s LaRusso, he is also doing a bit of soul searching, still looking to fill the void in his life left by the passing of Mr Miyagi.
Macchio and Zabka made pitches to a handful of networks including, AMC, Hulu and Amazon. “They were enthusiastic and fun,” said YouTube global head of originals Susanne Daniels to The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t know whether they had rehearsed it, but they played the parts of their characters well. More than anything, it was just amazing to see them together again.”
At one point, Netflix was interested in making the show, but was apparently outbid. I can’t help but think this series would have been better off being produced by Netflix. They have a pretty good record of bringing forth quality original content. Cobra Kai seems like it could fit in with another Netflix show in which nostalgia plays a big part, Stranger Things. Then again, I could be underestimating Youtube Red; we will have to wait and see.
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