'Karate Kid' Revival 'Cobra Kai' Planned With Ralph Macchio, William Zabka

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The real news here might be YouTube Red throwing a lot of money at a series and snatching it from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and AMC. The series is set to debut in 2018. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are headed back to the dojo as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence.

All three will executive produce alongside Macchio and Zabka, with Hurwitz and Schlossberg also serving as directors. Hot Tub Time Machine wrtier Josh Heald will work with Harold & Kumar franchise creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to script the 10-episode series.

For many of us aging millennials, The Karate Kid was a seminal part of our childhood. The comedy, expected to run a half hour each episode, is titled Cobra Kai.

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Entitled Cobra Kai, the series is set three decades after the original film (and, not surprisingly, completely ignores the 2010 remake-and likely 1994's The Next Karate Kid as well). Cobra Kai is the largest TV foray to date for the CAA-repped Overbrook.

If you aren't already feeling old, do keep in mind that Zabka and Macchio are about to turn 52 and 55 respectively. Cobra Kai's return attracts the attention of LaRusso, who's been seeking objective and guidance in his life since his teacher, Mr. Miyagi, passed away.

"The Karate Kid" adds to other original programs YouTube recently announced, including a Kevin Hart workout show, and separate shows that look inside the lives of pop stars Katy Perry and Demi Lovato. "More than anything, it was just awesome to see them together again", YouTube global head of originals Susanne Daniels told THR. Actor Pat Morita, who portrayed the iconic and beloved character, died in 2005, at age 73. The producers say they are "enormous fans of "The Karate Kid" and vow the series will be a "true continuation of the original films". The film spawned two sequels with Morita and Larusso, and a pair of reboots, one with Morita and this time, future Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank, and one staring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith.

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