1st Footage of Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in ‘Cobra Kai’

"The Karate Kid" Japanese Theatrical Poster

“The Karate Kid” Japanese Theatrical Poster

Not exactly The Karate Kid 4 (or Part 5 if you count The Next Karate Kid), but pretty damn close. A 10-episode half-hour comedy titled Cobra Kai, is in the works. The series, which will debut on YouTube Red, will mark the return of both of Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, playing their respective roles from the highly successful motion picture franchise (the first two were directed by legendary Rocky helmer, John G. Avildsen) that spawned three sequels and a remake.

As per the press release: Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The show is about two men addressing past demons and present frustrations the only way they know how: through karate.

According to THR: Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) as well as duo Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar) are penning the script – they will also exec produce alongside Macchio and Zabka. Hurwitz and Schlossberg are directing most of the series.

Look for Cobra Kai in 2018 only on YouTube Red. Until then, here’s a sneak peak at what to expect:

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3 Responses to 1st Footage of Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in ‘Cobra Kai’

  1. ToryK says:

    Shart, I might have to subscribe to YouTube Red for this. This gets a 👍 and a 🤘 from me.

  2. Dougwonnacott says:

    Intrigued by this, but there are two things bugging me about it. The first is Youtube Red. I don’t have this and don’t want to subscribe just to watch the Karate Kid. The second is when it says ‘comedy’. The Karate Kid wasn’t a comedy. That’s just weird.

  3. Until I see Hilary Swank you can count me out.

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