It’s been over 30 years since Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) faced off in the finals at the All-Valley Karate Tournament in Karate Kid. While Daniel, under the tutelage of Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), might have been victorious that days, some grudges never die.
YouTube Red is revisiting the world of Karate Kid with its upcoming series Cobra Kai, and the first trailer for the original series is packed with just about everything a Karate Kid fan could want from a revival. Set in present day, the new show follows Johnny as he reopens the evil Cobra Kai dojo. “I just don’t know why you’d ever want to bring back Cobra Kai,” Daniel tells his old nemesis.
The series is being billed by YouTube Red as a half-hour comedy, though the trailer certainly doesn’t match that tone. However, with a story written by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), along with Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle), there’s bound to be plenty of funny built into the series.
Joining Macchio and Zabka in the series are Courtney Henggeler (Mom), Xolo Maridueña (Parenthood), and Tanner Buchanan (Designated Survivor) as Johnny’s son Robby. Ed Asner will appear as a guest star. Cobra Kai will debut later this year on Youtube Red.