Netflix is giving us a well needed Christmas present this year as the streamer just announced that season 3 of their popular series Cobra Kai will premiere one week early on New Year’s Day – January 1, 2021.
Cobra Kai takes place over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament with the continuation of the inescapable conflict between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Season 3 finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl between their dojos, which has left Miguel in a precarious condition. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Kreese further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance. The soul of the Valley is at stake, and the fate of every student and sensei hangs in the balance.
The series stars Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso), William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence), Courtney Henggeler (Amanda LaRusso), Xolo Maridueña (Miguel Diaz), Tanner Buchanan (Robby Keene), Mary Mouser (Samantha LaRusso), Jacob Bertrand (Hawk), Gianni Decenzo (Demetri) with Martin Kove (John Kreese) and Peyton List (Tory)
Netflix previously renewed Cobra Kai for a fourth season.
If you’re one of the countless viewers who are just discovering Cobra Kai — the Karate Kid sequel series that recently moved from YouTube to Netflix — welcome! Created by self-described Karate Kid “superfans” Jon Hurwitz, Josh Heald, and Hayden Schlossberg, Cobra Kai is both its own ridiculously entertaining entity and a loving homage to the original films. The writers packed the first two seasons with a passel of Easter eggs, and now EW has the stories behind 12 of the most notable callbacks to Daniel-san’s big-screen journey.
Netflix today announced it is the new home to Cobra Kai, the series continuation of the iconic The Karate Kid film franchise from Sony Pictures Television. The film’s stars, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their star-making roles in the series along with Martin Kove as sensei John Kreese.
Under the terms of the deal, the first two seasons of Sony Pictures Television’s Cobra Kai will premiere on Netflix this year, with an all-new third season to follow.
Cobra Kai takes place 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, where a now successful Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) struggles to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of Mr. Miyagi, and must face his previous adversary, down-and-out Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), who seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo.
The acclaimed and much-talked-about Cobra Kai was named 2018’s Best Drama by Rotten Tomatoes, earning a rare 100% Fresh rating for its first season. It has received two Emmy nominations.
Cobra Kai is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg via their production company, Counterbalance Entertainment. Heald is the writer behind the cult classic Hot Tub Time Machine franchise, while Hurwitz & Schlossberg created the successful Harold & Kumar film series, wrote and directed the global box office success American Reunion, and produced 2018’s hit comedy Blockers. Together, the trio conceived of this new Karate Kid storyline that picks-up decades after the original film ends. James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett executive produce for Overbrook Entertainment along with Susan Ekins in association with Sony Pictures Television, with Macchio and Zabka serving as co-executive producers.
Executive Producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg: “Making Cobra Kai has been a dream come true for us since day one. We are thankful for the tireless dedication of Jeff Frost, Chris Parnell, Jason Clodfelter, Karen Tatevosian, and all our partners at Sony for finding us a new home where we can not only continue the series, but also explore opportunities to further expand The Karate Kid universe. We are beyond excited to join our new partners at Netflix and look forward to the show reaching the massive global audience who loves this franchise as much as we do.”
Brian Wright, Vice President, Original Series, Netflix: “The appeal of The Karate Kid saga is timeless, and Cobra Kai picks up right where it left off without missing a beat. The rivalry between Daniel and Johnny is one for the ages, and the show has a ton of heart and is a lot of fun. We can’t wait to introduce a new generation of fans to Cobra Kai and are thrilled to be its new home around the world.”
Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television:“We are so proud of Cobra Kai and are overwhelmed by the massive fan response to the series.Josh, Jon, Hayden, Ralph, William and the entire cast have done such a brilliant job with this sensational series and the huge audience reaction and sentiment for it is a testament to that. We are very thankful to our partners at Netflix and couldn’t be more elated that they have become the new home for this epic saga.”
The classic movie about a boy and his karate teacher is now an adorable picture book for the whole family!
When The Karate Kid appeared in theaters in 1984, its heartwarming story of an unlikely friendship between a bullied boy and the Japanese maintenance man in his new apartment building became an instant classic. Now the beloved film is reimagined as a cute and colorful picture book, with charming illustrations by Kim Smith. When young Daniel is targeted by students from the Cobra Kai dojo, his neighbor Mr. Miyagi agrees to train him for the upcoming karate tournament. But why is Mr. Miyagi making Daniel wax his cars, sand his deck, and paint his house? Will Daniel ever master the art of karate? This timeless story of overcoming the odds will delight kids, their parents, and anyone who has ever had that one special teacher.
Miyagi-Do dojo marches to a different kind of beat. In this clip, Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) flashes back to his old friend and sensei Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) to explain the Miyagi-do dojo’s philosophy to Johnny Lawrence’s son, Robby (Tanner Buchanan).
According to a Season 2 synopsis from YouTube:
“A new rivalry between opposing dojos is born in the aftermath of Cobra Kai’s controversial win at the All Valley Championships. Daniel realizes his next countermove is to open his own karate training school called Miyagi-Do, in honor of his mentor Mr. Miyagi. What was once a personal feud between Daniel and Johnny escalates beyond their differences to engulf their students, who as teenagers, are already challenged to figure out who they are and who they want to be. Which path will they follow – Cobra Kai or Miyagi-Do?”
Cobra Kai: Season 2 premieres on YouTube Premium on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.
Moviegoers across the country will be practicing their “wax on, wax off” skills when Fathom Events and YouTube revive the beloved Karate Kid saga with an exclusive, one-night cinema experience featuring the original 1984 classic, The Karate Kid, coupled with an exclusive advance screening of the first two episodes of the new YouTube Red Original Series, Cobra Kai, based on the Karate Kid franchise.
This special event screens in cinemas nationwide for one night on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. local time. Fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in nearly 700 select movie theaters.
Originally hitting theaters in 1984, The Karate Kid received critical acclaim as a heart-stopping yet endearing underdog story following the friendship of high schooler Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and his apartment maintenance man turned martial arts trainer Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), as Daniel prepares to take on arch-rival Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) in the All Valley Karate Tournament. Through Miyagi’s teaching, Daniel learns important life lessons, overcomes adversity and ultimately faces his opponent in an epic match.
In the highly-anticipated return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film reunite in Cobra Kai. 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 is produced by Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television.
The YouTube Red Original series Cobra Kai will have its world debut at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 24 and will later launch to audiences around the world May 2 on YouTube Red.
The Karate Kid became an instant classic in the 1980s and continues to resonate with generations of film lovers across the country,” said Fathom Events VP of Programming Tom Lucas. “We’re excited to partner with YouTube Red to give audiences an exclusive look into the reignited rivalry in ‘Cobra Kai,’ along with the original film and a cast panel discussion — all on the big screen.”
“A beloved American classic, ‘The Karate Kid’ film continues to be one of the most searched entertainment properties on YouTube,” said Susanne Daniels Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “We’re thrilled to recreate the world inside the dojo in this exciting new YouTube Red Original Series, featuring iconic cast members from the original film.”
Tickets for “Cobra Kai: Premiere Feat. The Karate Kid” can be purchased beginning Friday, March 23, at FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices.
A third teaser trailer for Cobra Kai, a YouTube Red 10-episode half-hour comedy series set 30 years after The Karate Kid Part III, has been released. The original Karate Kid, Ralph Macchio, reprises his role as Daniel LaRusso to face off once again with his rival Johnny Lawrence, played once again by William Zabka.
Long after Daniel-san triumphed over Johnny in the All Valley Karate Tournament, both martial artists have grown up and gone on to live different lives. With Mr. Miyagi’s life lessons, Daniel has found personal success in his own family and career as a car dealer. Johnny, however, has fallen on hard times. Seeking to reclaim what glory he had from the past, Johnny reopens the infamous karate dojo that he once ruled as its ace student, and Daniel is having none of it.
Cobra Kai also stars Xolo Maridueña (Parenthood), Tanner Buchanan (Designated Survivor), Courtney Henggeler (Mom) and Mary Mouser (Freakish). Guest starring in the show is esteemed Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor Ed Asner.
Writing the series are Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar). They will also be executive producing along with Susan Ekins, Will Smith, James Lassiter, and Caleeb Pinkett. Hurwitz and Schlossberg take on directing duties.
Watch out for Cobra Kai on YouTube Red later this year.