“The Karate Kid” is one of the most iconic films in the 1980’s. In fact, it almost solely defines the decade with its awesome soundtrack, teen-angst script and memorable lines.
“Defeat does not exist in this dojo, does it?
It even spawned three sequels, two of which starred then-teen actor Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso.
After the disaster which was “The Next Karate Kid” in 1994, the series just flat out stopped. By the time the move began filming, Macchio was in his 30’s. He wasn’t necessarily a kid anymore so wasn’t present in the film.
Everyone left the series in the dust as just a nostalgia trip (we’re not counting the Jaden Smith remake).
However, it looks like LaRusso is back for some more crane kicks as Deadline reported that there is a “Karate Kid” TV sequel in the making.
In their article, Deadline gives the overall layout of the series:
“Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi.”
Like it says, William Zabka will be making his return as well to play blonde-haired rival Johnny Lawrence. However, the tear-jerker is the thought of a “Karate Kid” film without Pat Morita, who died in 2005.
The 10-episode half-hour series is set for a YouTube Red release in 2018.