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Ralph Macchio and William Zabka Are Returning to ‘The Karate Kid’ in New Sequel Series

Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio The Karate Kid
Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio in ‘The Karate Kid’

Wax on! Karate Kid stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are reprising their iconic roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, respectively, nearly three decades after the martial arts drama’s release.

William Zabka The Karate Kid
William Zabka in ‘The Karate Kid’

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the duo will star in a 10-episode, half-hour series titled Cobra Kai on subscription service YouTube Red. The show, which will premiere in 2018, will be set 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and follow the duo once again reigniting their rivalry. While Johnny seeks redemption, a seemingly successful Daniel struggles to get through life without his mentor, Mr. Miyagi, who was originally played by late actor Pat Morita.

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Ralph Macchio and William Zabka
Ralph Macchio and William Zabka of ‘Cobra Kai’ speak onstage during the YouTube Red Originals Presentation portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour.

“The minute I heard about this project, I knew we had to have it. The Karate Kid became an instant classic in the 1980s, and still resonates with audiences around the world and on YouTube today,” Susanne Daniels, global head of original content for YouTube, said to Variety “We’re thrilled to partner with Sony TV, Overbrook and the talented writing team led by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg to add a fresh, new comedic twist on one of Hollywood’s most storied rivalries.”

The project’s executive producers also promise that fans of the original 1984 film should expect plenty of similarities. “Like everyone who grew up in the 1980s, the three of us are enormous fans of The Karate Kid,” Heald, Hurwitz and  Schlossberg said in a press release, adding that “Cobra Kai will be a true continuation of the original films – packed with comedy, heart, and thrilling fight scenes.”

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