'Karate Kid' revival planned with Ralph Macchio and William Zabka

News 08/08/2017

It's been more than 30 years since the release of The Karate Kid and now two of the film's original stars will reunite for a new series called Cobra Kai.

Ralph Macchio, who played the iconic Daniel LaRusso in the franchise, and William Zabka, who played his nemesis Johnny Lawrence, will both reprise their roles in Cobra Kai.

As opposed to a straight reboot or revival, the new series will turn the Eighties classic into a 10-episode comedy series. 

Cobra Kai will come to YouTube Red in 2018 following what the Hollywood Reporter described as a "competitive" bidding war between the streaming services.

The series finds a down-and-out Johnny reopening the infamous Cobra Kai dojo, which reignites his feud with the now-successful LaRusso.

"If The Karate Kid was Daniel’s story, Cobra Kai is equal parts Daniel and Johnny’s story," YouTube global head of originals Susanne Daniels told THR.

"Also because this is a series and not a movie, we really wanted to reimagine how the story was told. Changing the name made sense as part of that."

Rolling Stone

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