The rivalry between Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) is returning to the dojo after an extensive period of more than three decades. The new television series, based on The Karate Kid franchise created by Robert Mark Kamen, will change perspectives this time around by following Cobra Kai in a more positive theme than the antagonistic portrayal from the original movies.
Following the signature “crane” attack that gave Daniel his victory over Johnny in the first movie, the former has grown to be a successful businessman with a thriving car dealership. The latter, however, has led a troubled life and still remembers his embarrassing defeat. In the wake of certain events, Johnny decides to reopen Cobra Kai and train neighborhood kids in both self-defense and self-respect, important traits that were unknown to his father.
The Cobra Kai television series features writers Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) and the Jon Hurwitz-Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar) duo. The first episode is scheduled to premiere on May 2, 2018, exclusively on YouTube Red.
It is greatly unfortunate that Pat Morita (Kesuke Miyagi) passed away back in 2005. The sensei and master teacher of Daniel was a star character in the original movies. He would have surely been part of the cast for the upcoming television reboot.
The complete synopsis has also been released and is as follows:
In the highly-anticipated return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film series reunite over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) leads an enviable life with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships throughout the valley. Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of “karate kids” in COBRA KAI.