William Zabka's Johnny Lawrence is reopening the old dojo and taking on a new protégé, both as a way of taking control of his life and to make amends for past family failures. But as much as Johnny looks to be changing his ways, don't look for this new sensei to take an existential approach to cleaning; as this new teaser trailer for YouTube Red's Karate Kid continuation series Cobra Kai shows:
Even after more than 30 years, Ralph Macchio's Daniel LaRusso understands that his and Johnny Lawrence's (William Zabka) lives are destined to lead back to Cobra Kai. As he says in the first trailer for the YouTube Red series, "Johnny, you and I, this, we aren't done." Joining Macchio and Zabka are Courtney Henggeler (Mom, Fixed) as Daniel's wife, Amanda; Vanessa Rubio (How to Be Single) as Carmen, single mother and Johnny's girlfriend; and Xolo Maridueña as Carmen's son, Miguel.
"Thirty years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, a down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio), who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi. The show is about two men addressing past demons and present frustrations the only way they know how: through karate."
Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and Hayden Schlossberg (The Pact) are on board to write and executive produce the series, with Hurwitz and Schlossberg directing most of the first season. James Lassiter (This Means War) and Caleeb Pinkett (Hawthorne) will executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment in conjunction with Sony Pictures Television Studios.
For Susanne Daniels, YouTube's Global Head of Original Content, it was just a matter of embracing a different take on a still-popular franchise:
"The minute I heard about this project, I knew we had to have it. The Karate Kid became an instant classic in the 1980s, and still resonates with audiences around the world and on YouTube today. We're thrilled to partner with Sony TV, Overbrook and the talented writing team led by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg to add a fresh, new comedic twist on one of Hollywood's most storied rivalries."