The Emmy-nominated series debuted on YouTube Red in 2018. Its first two seasons arrived on Netflix on Friday, and a third season is slated to arrive in 2021.
Oscar-nominated 1984 director John G.
Avildsen’s classic “The Karate Kid” followed the story of New Jersey boy Daniel LaRusso, played by Ralph Macchio, who is transplanted to California and learns to use the arts. martial arts to resist the bullies of the Cobra Kai karate dojo – mainly Johnny Lawrence, played by William Zabka.
“The beauty of the movie ‘Karate Kid’ and the reason it has stood the test of time is that it had no interest in winning anything,” Macchio told Asbury Park Press, part from USA TODAY in 2017. “It was Everyman Next Door, just like” Rocky “(1976) was Everyman on the Street or Jack Lemmon in” Save the Tiger “(1973).
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Ralph Macchio in a scene from the first season of “Cobra Kai”, now streaming on Netflix.
In nearly 40 years, the tale has evolved through three straight films, a remake, and a successor streaming series. In each of them, the players of “The Karate Kid” have adapted to new environments and perfected their skills, always mindful of heritage and tradition.
The same can be said for “Cobra Kai,” the next series that brought the franchise into the age of streaming.
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“Cobra Kai” is gaining momentum these days, with Daniel as a successful car dealer and father. Meanwhile, Johnny is out of luck, is stuck in the past and hopes to revive his old dojo while mentally and emotionally trapped by the toxic lessons of his former sensei John Kreese (played by Martin Kove).
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William Zabka, left, and Ralph Macchio in a scene from “Cobra Kai”, now airing on Netflix.
Macchio and Zabka return as Daniel and Johnny respectively, and are also co-executive producers of “Cobra Kai”.
The Sony Pictures television series is written and produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. Heald is the author of the “Hot Tub Time Machine” franchise, while Hurwitz and Schlossberg created the hit series “Harold and Kumar”.
“What’s really gratifying for us when we put the series together and continue to write the series is that a lot of the themes in this movie are very universal in terms of intimidation, in terms of personal connection, of moving to adulthood, to overcome personal obstacles, to find tutoring where you least expect to find it, “Heald said.” And all of those transformative moments in your life were as real and touching in 1984 as they were. today so it has never been like dated property.
Cobra Kai “makes the vision compelling as it balances affection for” The Karate Kid “with a willingness to examine the perspective from which Avildsen and his company told their underdog story. It is evident that The series begins with the climax of the first karate tournament movie, this time asking you to think about how Johnny felt after Daniel gave him a devastating crane kick in the face.
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Stay safe and informed of updates on the spread of the coronavirus“While staying 100% true to the (franchise), we liked the idea of looking back and doing, ‘You know what? We were just following a perspective, “Schlossberg said.” And maybe, if we had followed Johnny’s point of view. , we would have felt different at the end of the tournament.
“And these are the themes that excite us.
We take advantage of the fact that our format is a series instead of a movie, where we can play from different perspectives. And if you’ve watched“ The Karate Kid, ”it really delivers. the opportunity to… reflect on your life and how things have changed, but also this movie in a fun way. ”
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William Zabka, center left, and Xolo Mariduena, center right, in a scene from the first season of “Cobra Kai”, now streaming on Netflix.