Fans of The Karate Kid had to wait over 30 years for another face-off (of any kind) between old rivals Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) in Cobra Kai, but it looks like YouTube Red won't make fans wait quite so long this time. Less than two weeks after its premiere and after a strong, positive reaction from critics and viewers alike, the Karate Kid continuation series has been given the greenlight for a second season, Variety reports. The 10-episode, half-hour Season 2 begins production this fall; and is expected to debut in 2019.
Here's what YouTube had to say about Cobra Kai and their decision:
"This series had all of the right elements from the very beginning — compelling characters, a storied rivalry, and the talented original stars. The way viewers have embraced the new twist on this beloved franchise has been nothing short of amazing, and we're thrilled to partner with Sony TV, Overbrook and the extraordinary creative team led by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg to create a second season."
– Susanne Daniels, Original Content-Global, YouTube
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, a YouTube Red Original Series.
COBRA KAI also stars Courtney Henggeler (Mom, Fixed) as Daniel's wife, Amanda; Vanessa Rubio (How to Be Single) as Carmen, single mother and Johnny's girlfriend; Xolo Maridueña as Carmen's son, Miguel; Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso, Daniel's daughter; and Tanner Buchanan (Designated Survivor) as Robby, a Cobra Kai recruit (against his wishes) with an agenda of his own.
Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz (Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle) and Hayden Schlossberg (The Pact) 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) executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment in conjunction with Sony Pictures Television Studios.
"We are so elated with the performance of Cobra Kai and our incredible partnerships with Josh, Jon, Hayden and Overbrook and of course, You Tube Red. This has been a remarkable experience and the audience reaction only further validates what we already knew – that this team and series is exceptional and incredibly special."
– Jeff Frost, President, Sony Pictures Television