The Hollywood Reporter has released an article stating YouTube Red is gaining yet another exclusive series. This time, the show will be a follow-up to the 1984 film The Karate Kid called Cobra Kai set 30 years after the famous All Valley Karate Tournament between Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Both Macchio and Zabka will return to reprise their roles and executive produce the series.
According to THR, YouTube wasn’t the only one interested in the show. Apparently, the platform outbid Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and AMC in the end. This means that there’s likely something pretty good in store in terms of the quality of Cobra Kai. Or at least I hope so.
Regarding further specifics surrounding the show, Cobra Kai will basically be about the happenings between Larusso and Lawrence as they each run competing dojos. “Cobra Kai will be a true continuation of the original films — packed with comedy, heart and thrilling fight scenes,” said Josh Heald of Hot Tub Time Machine and Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg of Harold and Kumar in a joint statement. “We can’t wait to reignite the LaRusso-Lawrence rivalry.”
Will Smith’s Sony Pictures Television Studios-based Overbrook Entertainment will executive produce the show, while James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will oversee the company in doing so. Each episode will be a half-hour long, while ten will complete the season. It’ll debut next year.
Whether this is a major score for YouTube Red is unclear yet since reboots like this tend to not perform very well. If everything’s handled properly and the show stays to its roots, we may have something to enjoy come 2018. Otherwise, this could be just a failed attempt to boost subscriber count and viewer numbers.