For those who grew up in the 1980’s, an interesting reunited pairing has been setup for a sequel that was long overdue. The 1984 release “Karate Kid” earned nearly 91 million when it was released 34 years ago. Now, stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, are facing one another for a showdown of sorts.
Their characters Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) are picking up where things left off, years later from the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka haven’t appeared together in the film franchise, since the 1986 release of The Karate Kid Part II.
The video description trailer reads, “Karate Kid’s Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso aren’t the same people they were in high school — but their rivalry hasn’t changed one bit. The Karate Kid saga continues.” This new series is entitled Cobra Kai available on YouTube Red. The series, appears to revolve around down-and-out Johnny, who seeking some kind of redemption from his defeat. Daniel has since been struggling with maintaining his life with the loss of his mentor Mr. Miyagi played by the late Pat Morita.
The series while presented as a dramatic showdown may well end up being a comedy series. The two will settle things through karate and other trials in their life. Other known stars, may appear in the series such as Elisabeth Shue who played Daniel’s love interest Ali Milla.
Martin Kove, may appear as Cobra Kai sensei John Kreese as well. Randee Heller, played Daniel’s mother Lucille LaRusso, she may make an appearance in the series also according the the rumor mill.
The Karate Kid franchise series, has become a part of pop culture. Pat Morita went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role as the iconic Mister Miyagi.
Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar) penned the script and exec produce. Macchio and Zabka will co-exec produce. Will Smith’s Sony Pictures Television Studios-based Overbrook Entertainment will exec produce with James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett overseeing for the company.
A premiere date has not yet been determined.