SAN BRUNO (CBS SF) – Thirty years after the original Karate Kid was released in theaters, the stars of the movie are returning to there beloved characters. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are headed back to the dojo as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.

The Hollywood Reporter says the two will star in a straight to video series titled Cobra Kai for the subscription service YouTube Red. The 10-episode comedy series picks up with their lives thirty years after the events during the All Valley Karate Tournament. Johnny is down on his luck and decides to reopen the Cobra Kai Dojo, while “Daniel-San” is a success, but still “struggle to maintain a balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.”

Both Macchio and Zabka are co-producers of the project while Josh Heald, best known for Hot Tub Time Machine, along with Harold and Kumar writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg will screenwrite and direct.

The series is expected to air on YouTube Red, sometime in 2018.

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  1. I think Sony should contact serious producers and make a movie as a final instalment of Karate Kid, as a tribute for Pat Morita and late director John Avildsen. It was amazing that John had a small budget and made Karate Kid an international success back in 1984. I don’t know why now making a comedy – TV series from a classic teenager drama/adventure movie… John Avildsen did not like KK3 because was about “karate revenge” and the fans were expecting more of the franchise. John actually wanted to make a movie focusing on Miyagi’s marital arts history, filmed in Asia, then returning with Daniel to USA, but Producers did not supported his vision. So, KK3 was very weak comparing with the previous 2. I read the book “The Films of John Avildsen” and wrote a blog for a marketing course at University:

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