There seems to have been a lot of “who asked for this” in the last week. With the Eli Roth remake of Death Wish trailer dropping, it seems that we have to run back to a movie franchise that started off in the San Fernando Valley about two Karate Kids. It was announced on Friday that Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are set to reprise their roles from the 1984 film The Karate Kid in a YouTube Red set to release in 2018 called Cobra Kai.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will be set 30 years after the events from the original film and will revolve around a down-and-out Johnny, who seeks redemption and to gain that he reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. Their rivalry reignites as Daniel, now successful, has some issues of his own. He seems to be having life-balancing issues after the passing of Mr. Miyagi. It is set as a half-hour comedy of the two addressing their demons from past and present. We are sure there is some karate involved.
Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) as well as duo Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar) will pen the script and executive produce. Macchio and Zabka will co-exec produce. Hurwitz and Schlossberg will direct much of the series. Will Smith’s Sony Pictures Television Studios-based Overbrook Entertainment will exec produce with James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett overseeing for the company.
“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 joint 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.”
While the idea of a comedy seems fitting, given that it was a mid-eighties movie, many people might not know that Zabka is a hilarious actor. He has a two-season stint on How I Met Your Mother, playing a version of himself that wrote poetry and knew that he was truly the hero of the original story, as well as Barney’s idol. It will be nice to see how this plays out and we can hope that it will actually be funny and entertaining.