A YouTube revival series of The Karate Kid film series is slated to launch in 2018. The current series order is for 10 half-hour episodes that will be available on YouTube Red and the original stars of the quadrilogy, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, are set to reprise their roles. While the plot details are obviously still under wraps, we do know that the series (titled Cobra Kai) will take place 30 years after the events of The Karate Kid and see Zabka's Johnny Lawrence attempt to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo.
Macchio's Daniel LaRusso apparently still has a heated rivalry with Lawrence, which is fair, since crane kicks to the face are hard to ever really get over. While LaRusso is successful, perhaps running some sort of chain of Italian/Japanese fusion restaurants, he is "struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi."
The Karate Kid may be coming back with the original cast, but the tone is apparently going to shift to the decidedly comedic. Cobra Kai will be written and executive produced by the team of Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar, American Reunion) and Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine). Hurwitz and Schlossberg are also slated to direct most of the series.
Predictably, Twitter's reaction to The Karate Kid revival is manic, passionate, and occasionally hilarious. From rabid assertions that Johnny Lawrence, not Daniel LaRusso, is the titular karate kid, to people decrying the death of their childhoods, these tweets about The Karate Kid revival series are some of the best you'll read all day.
What A Weird World We Live In...
What reads like an Onion article, but isn't, but also isn't about anything going on in Washington? This: https://t.co/PIUWpNk8We— Brian Farrey (@BrianFarrey) August 4, 2017
There Are WAY More Billy Zabka Fans Than You'd Think
Finally, a show about Johnny, the real Karate Kid.— Mark Smith (@MarkAndrewSmith) August 4, 2017
Some People Are... Less Than Excited About The Genre
Comedy? Comedy?!!??? Comedy!!!!!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!??! pic.twitter.com/tuQkb4JLFJ— Reginald James (@MrReginaldJames) August 4, 2017