Wax on, wax off, again. Karate Kid is back!
More than three decades after the classic film premiered in 1984, Macchio and Zabka will return to the roles that made them famous with a 10 episodes comedy series coming in 2018 on YouTube Red, the streaming video service’s subscription offering.
Set 30 years after their match, Johnny Lawrence, the bully played by Zabka, reopens Cobra Kai, the infamous dojo, restarting the karate feud with his teenage nemesis, the now-successful Daniel LaRusso, “who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.”
“The humor comes from two guys, who at 50 years old, still have an ax to grind,” Macchio, now 55, said at the Television Critics Association on Friday. Johnny “just can’t let go; he’s still a teenage at heart.”
Executive producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwits, and Hayden Schlossberg—who declared themselves “enormous fans” of the original movie— promised “Cobra Kai will be a true continuation of the original films—packed with comedy, heart, and thrilling fight scenes.”
Karate Kid was a commercial success upon release and garnered critical acclaim, quickly becoming a pop culture icon of the 80’s.
“The movie was out in theaters for six months back in the 80’s, which films don’t do these days. They’re in and out in a weekend. It just started to graft into pop culture language in a way. I think it takes this long to realize that it’s here to stay,” Zabka said about the movie’s success in a 2014 interview.
We’ll start practicing our crane technique!