Over thirty years after it hit the big screen, the original The Karate Kid is getting a brand new TV series sequel. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will once again take on the roles of Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence in a brand new series called Cobra Kai, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The new series is a 10-episode half-hour comedy series that was ordered straight to series by YouTube Red, after a few other platforms made offers.
Set 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament in the first film, Cobra Kai follows the failed Johnny who tries to find redemption in life by reopening the Cobra Kai dojo he once trained at. This causes him to end up in a rivalry with Daniel again who has been much more successful in life but is trying to find balance in his life without the guidance of Mr. Miyagi.
Josh Heald (Hot Tube Time Machine) and the duo of Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar) are set to write the script for the series as well as executive produce alongside Zabka and Macchio with Hurwitz & Schlossberg directing much of the series. The series will be produced by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment which is under the Sony Pictures Television Studios umbrella.
“Like everyone who grew up in the 1980s, the three of us are enormous fans of The Karate Kid,” Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg said in a statement. “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.”
Cobra Kai is set to arrive sometime in 2018.