'Daniel-San' And Johnny Face Off In A New Karate Kid Series

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Wax on! Karate Kid stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are reprising their iconic roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, respectively, almost three decades after the martial arts drama's release. The duo are set to reprise their roles as underdog Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) and bully Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) in a 10-episode straight-to-series follow-up called Cobra Kai for subscription service YouTube Red.

Get ready for The Karate Kid to become a TV series on YouTube Red. Lawrence is the character Daniel defeated in the climactic karate tournament in the original film. LaRusso, though successful, is finding life a little hard without Mr. Miyagi to mentor him and a struggling Lawrence reopens the Cobra Kai dojo in an attempt to find some redemption.

The script will be written by "Hot Tub Time Machine's" Josh Heald and "Harold and Kumar's" Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.

1984's The Karate Kid was directed by John G. Avildsen, and kicked off a new wave of martial arts pop culture mania in America. The comedy, expected to run a half hour each episode, is titled Cobra Kai.

Now titled "Cobra Kai", the series would reunite original film stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. It remains to be seen whether Cobra Kai will include any references to the events of the sequels.

"Cobra Kai" will be set 30 years after the 1984 film, following the leg-sweeping Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) as he reopens the titular karate dojo to seek redemption. After all, Macchio and Zabka aren't young anymore, and having a fatherly rivalry involving their kids sounds like a bit more of interesting dynamic, though some comedy could still come from middle-aged fathers getting into a karate brawl.

Susanne Daniels, YouTube's global head of originals, told Hollywood Reporter that the new series' name is fitting, given the fresh storyline. The actor who played him, Pat Morita, died in 2005.

There were four Karate Kid movies plus a Karate Kid reboot, and yet I guess there's still more to say for a series movies where people learn karate to beat up bullies. The show will be produced by Overbrook Entertainment, which was also behind 2010's Jaden Smith vehicle of a Karate Kid remake.

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