With the second season of YouTube Premium's Cobra Kai set for 2019, series co-star and original Karate Kid Ralph Macchio has confirmed production on season 2 is pretty much a done deal. Taking to social media on Monday to thank Entertainment Weekly for ranking the The Karate Kid sequel series at #6 in their annual ranking of the year's best television shows, Macchio tweeted the following:
Looks like Macchio and co-star William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) will be home in time for the start of the new year – and the news would seem to confirm a rumored "early 2019" premiere for the sophomore season. Joining Macchio, Zabka, and the rest of the returning cast this season are Peyton List (Bunk'd, Jessie), Paul Walter Hauser (Kingdom, BlacKkKlansman) and original film star Martin Kove.
"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
Cobra Kai cast members Xolo Maridueña (Miguel Diaz), Tanner Buchanan (Robby Keene), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), and Jacob Bertrand (Eli "Hawk" Moskowitz) gave fans of the series a tour of an important season 2 set: Miyagi-Do Dojo. Teased at the end of last season and set to play a prominant role during the upcoming season, filmdom's famous dojo was recreated from the original film.
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.