Forget Batman vs Superman and that little spat between The Avengers in Captain America: Civil War, the greatest on screen rivalry is about to get the most unexpected rematch. Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and bad boy of the Cobra Kai Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) will duke it out once more in a Karate Kid sequel series from YouTube Red. The half-hour comedy titled Cobra Kai (as Karate Man just sounds silly) has been given a 10-episode order and is set to launch early next year.
I know that this all sounds like a late April Fool’s or a Funny or Die sketch as it sounds so unlikely, but it’s really happening. The series is being put together by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) with writing duo Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar) .
Here’s how The Hollywood Reporter describes the series;
“Set 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and revolves around a down and out Johnny who, seeking redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. It reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita). The half-hour comedy follows the duo addressing demons from their past and present frustrations — through (what else?) karate.”
Now I’m no Professor of good ideas, but a Karate Kid sequel series starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka thrashing out their middle-aged differences sounds like the best idea ever crafted by mortal minds.
Cobra Kai will be released sometime in 2018, and perhaps they’ll address the fun fan theory that Daniel was the real bully of the movie.