The exclusive new was broken earlier this week by The Hollywood Reporter that YouTube Red would be launching a 10-episode Karate Kid entitled Cobra Kai.
Since then it has been confirmed that Ralph Macchio (Daniel) and William Zabka (Johnny) will rerun to star in it. The two met the press on Friday at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour.
Macchio revealed that the concept for the series — which picks up 30 years after Daniel topped Johnny in the All Valley Karate Tournament to find both running rival dojos:
“What made me say yes after all these years — and I’ve been very protective of the franchise and where Daniel LaRusso sits in the world 30 years later — these guys, Josh [Heald], Hayden [Schlossberg] and Jon [Hurwitz] had such a smart and fresh angle in. It was relevant today yet had all the pop culture — they had the perfect marriage and angle in bringing it from the Johnny Lawrence [point of view],” he said. “It’s not unlike how Creed was a film that was about Apollo Creed’s son but you had Rocky Balboa in it in a certain way. [Cobra Kai] is not the first time anyone looks at a fresh angle from the villain’s point of view, but it was just smart to go that way and to cover these dual lives and do a rivalry series in a smart and funny way, and on top of that infuse the high school world — which is a big part of the show as well — for the new generation.”