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Cobra Kai Series Creators Reveal if Daniel and Johnny Will Ever Fight Each Other

The first season of Cobra Kai was so freakin' good. The way that the rivalry between Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) escalated over the course of the story was so well done. They almost ended up fighting each other at one point, but it didn't happen.

With the series getting picked up for a second season, I wondered if we would eventually see these two characters fight each other again to settle their differences. During a recent interview with CinemaBlend, creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald talked about the series, and when asked if we would eventually see Daniel and Johnny fight, Hurwitz said:

"It feels like that's the ultimate destiny for these characters at this point, is to, at some point, come to that head. It's just a matter of when, and if, it's actually going to happen. But that feels like that's in the ether.
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‘Cobra Kai’: YouTube Red’s ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Outperforms Netflix, Hulu Shows

‘Cobra Kai’: YouTube Red’s ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Outperforms Netflix, Hulu Shows
Does YouTube Red have its first hit series?

Cobra Kai,” a TV offshoot of the “Karate Kid” film franchise, has outperformed all of its streaming competition, according to data provided to Variety by Parrot Analytics for the week of May 6-12, including Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why” and “Arrested Development,” as well as Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

It marks the first time Parrot’s global data has seen a YouTube Red show top the competition, and the highest performing show ever to emerge from the two-year-old streaming service, which hasn’t yet gotten the same buzz for its
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‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed For A Second Season!

My new favorite series (and should be yours) is officially getting a second season! Cobra Kai, the sequel series to 1984’s The Karate Kid, is receiving a second season over at YouTube Red.

YouTube’s global head of original content, Susanne Daniels, had this to say in a statement:

“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.”

Cobra Kai sees Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) in their adult lives as they deal with life after the All Valley Tournament.

The renewal comes as no surprise
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Cobra Kai Has Been Renewed For Season 2!

I've got some great news for all you Karate Kid fans! YouTube Red has renewed their Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai for a second season!

I am currently in the process of watching the first season of Cobra Kai and I'm absolutely loving it! It's one of my favorite shows right now! The creative team behind it has done such an incredible job crafting its story and bringing us back into the lives of Ralph Macchio’s Daniel Larusso and William Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence.

The series is more than just a nostalgic journey. Cobra Kai really is a great series that tells a strong story that deals with today's issues. I also have to say that I love how Johnny is being portrayed. He's so politically incorrect that it's hilarious!

If you haven't started watching the series yet, you really need to. I promise that it's worth it.
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‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed for Season 2 at YouTube Red

‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed for Season 2 at YouTube Red
YouTube Red has given a second season order to its “Karate Kid” followup, “Cobra Kai.”

The series, which first dropped on the streaming service May 2, stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in their reprised roles from the 1980s franchise. This time, though, they are all grown up and mentoring teenagers in their own way. Macchio’s Daniel Larusso is a typical San Fernando Valley dad, while Zabka’s Johnny is still a gruff and grizzled guy who reluctantly takes a neighbor (Xolo Mariduena) under his wing and opens a dojo of his own.

The cast also includes Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser and Courtney Henggeler.
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‘Karate Kid’ Revival Series ‘Cobra Kai’ Gets Season 2 Renewal at YouTube

Is YouTube giving you more “Cobra Kai” series? Yes, sensei!

The video sharing platform announced Thursday it has ordered a second season of the “Karate Kid” revival series starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, just one week after it dropped on YouTube Red on May 4. Both Zabka and Macchio will return for the next installment, with the 10-episode, half-hour season beginning production this fall. It’s slated for a release on the site’s Svod in 2019.

Since its debut, the first episode of the Sony Pictures Television and Overbrook Entertainment show has generated more than 20 million views.

Also Read: Yes, Ralph Macchio Agrees His 'Karate Kid' Crane Kick Was Pretty Much Illegal

“This series had all of the right elements from the very beginning — compelling characters, a storied rivalry, and the talented original stars,” said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. “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.”

Cobra Kai” picks up the story of the two rivals 30 years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) reopens the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo, which reignites his old feud with Daniel Larusso (Macchio). Series regulars returning for Season 2 include Xolo Mariduena as Miguel Diaz, Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Mary Mouser as Samantha Larusso and Courtney Henggeler as Amanda Larusso.

The series is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will executive produce the second season again for Overbrook Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television Studios.

Read original story ‘Karate Kid’ Revival Series ‘Cobra Kai’ Gets Season 2 Renewal at YouTube At TheWrap
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‘Cobra Kai’ Bosses on Johnny’s Innocence, Missing Mr. Miyagi, and Season 2 Ideas

‘Cobra Kai’ Bosses on Johnny’s Innocence, Missing Mr. Miyagi, and Season 2 Ideas
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the first season of “Cobra Kai.”]

Have mercy! Fans of the “Karate Kid” franchise can thank the Netflix comedy “Fuller House” for the presence of “Cobra Kai,” the YouTube Red series that continues the personal growth and martial arts adventures of Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio), Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), and the community around them. Showrunners and co-creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg had been fans of “The Karate Kid” films since childhood and as screenwriters who had moved out to Los Angeles, they idly discussed revisiting that world through Johnny’s character.

But it wasn’t until decades later when the streaming space made room for such revivals that the idea really gelled as to what form this could take. The co-creators spoke to IndieWire about the origins of the series and where it could go next.

“We started to see the way things were progressing in the streaming narrative space and
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‘Cobra Kai’ Showrunners on That Huge Season Finale Reveal and Much More [Interview]

If you binge watched all of Cobra Kai in the first day, you’ve surely got questions about that final reveal. So creators Jon Hurwitz, Hayden Schlossberg and Josh Heald agreed to talk spoilers as long as this interview ran after the premiere. If you haven’t made it through all 10 episodes yet that’s okay. Savor […]

The post ‘Cobra Kai’ Showrunners on That Huge Season Finale Reveal and Much More [Interview] appeared first on /Film.
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‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series ‘Cobra Kai’ Strikes First On YouTube Red With A Lot Of Love From Fans

YouTube Red is hoping that Cobra Kai, a sequel series that follows the events of The Karate Kid 34 years later, can be its version of House of Cards. Now that the first season of the action-packed nostalgia trip is available, will it live up to its lofty expectations and cement its distributor's place among the giants of streaming television?

Well, kinda!

Cobra Kai has premiered to reviews both fantastic and begrudgingly positive, with some publications, such as ScreenRant, deeming it "great," and others, such as NPR, calling it "surprisingly — maybe shockingly — not terrible" and "a crane kick of nostalgia to the throat.And no, not in a good way.

While those may not sound like effusively glowing critical accolades, YouTube Red can smile about what seems to be a universally positive reception from Karate Kid fans.

The first episode of Cobra Kai, which is available for free, has drawn hundreds
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‘Cobra Kai’ Review: ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series Perpetuates Orientalism While Telegraphing All of Its Punches

‘Cobra Kai’ Review: ‘Karate Kid’ Sequel Series Perpetuates Orientalism While Telegraphing All of Its Punches
[Editor’s Note The first two episodes of “Cobra Kai” are available to watch for free at the bottom of this review. The full 10-episode season is available on YouTube Red.]

In 1984, “The Karate Kid” was just the type of joyful, by-the-numbers underdog story that was a product of its time. YouTube Red’s sequel series “Cobra Kai” somehow channels that ‘80s vibe even though it’s set 34 years later. It’s as if the characters from the original film had woken up from a cryogenic freeze after three decades to find that their mindsets remained the same, but their bodies continued to age.

Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), was basically the Draco Malfoy of the ‘80s karate scene in Los Angeles but is now a drunk has-been who suddenly finds himself out of work. Naturally, he can’t help but resent his former rival, Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio), who is living large as a big-time auto dealer in the Valley.
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Watch Some Never-Before-Seen Footage From Karate Kid That Will Be Used in Cobra Kai

We recently learned that there would be old never-before-seen footage from the classic 1980s film The Karate Kid in the new sequel series Cobra Kai. Well, now a bit of that unseen footage has been revealed in a new featurette released for the upcoming series that sees the rivalry between Daniel Larusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) continue 30 years after the legendary All Valley Karate Tournament.

The video features executive producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg explaining how they created a whole new shot of the old match for their show. It's a brief shot that focuses on Johnny after he’s been kicked in the face by Daniel's crane kick. One of the ways they were able to pull this off was that they managed to get some old footage from the original movie that didn't make the final cut.

The producers also explain that
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Cobra Kai Review: Karate Kid Sequel Does More Than Just Wax Nostalgic

With the TV landscape absolutely flooded with reboots and revivals right now, I wouldn’t blame you for raising a skeptical eyebrow in the direction of Cobra Kai, the new Karate Kid sequel series debuting today on YouTube Red. But patience, Daniel-san: Based on the two episodes I’ve seen, what seems at first like a cheap cash grab is actually a fresh, funny spin on the well-established Karate Kid formula, as well as a surprisingly heartfelt and nuanced look at the immense power the past can hold over us.

To be fair, I am precisely the target audience for
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TV Review: ‘Cobra Kai’ on YouTube Red

If the Broadway musical “Wicked” has taught us anything, it’s that even villains have sympathetic backstories.

This is certainly the case with the new YouTube Red dramedy “Cobra Kai.” A thoughtfully modern “Karate Kid” sequel, the streaming series — which premieres Wednesday — catches up with blond bad boy Johnny (William Zabka) and his good-guy nemesis Daniel (Ralph Macchio), 34 years after their fateful fight on the mat.

As viewers will quickly discover, life hasn’t been kind to Johnny since his loss. He’s a handyman with a drinking problem and an estranged teenage son named Robby, whom he barely knows.
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YouTube Drops Never-Before-Seen ‘Karate Kid’ Footage Ahead of ‘Cobra Kai’ Premiere (Video)

YouTube Drops Never-Before-Seen ‘Karate Kid’ Footage Ahead of ‘Cobra Kai’ Premiere (Video)
The upcoming YouTube Red series “Cobra Kai” will feature previously unseen footage from the original “Karate Kid” movie, according to a new teaser released on Tuesday.

Set 30 years after the events of the 1984 movie, the streaming series takes on the perspective of the movie’s antagonist, Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), whose life has taken a rocky turn as he seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo.

In the clip (above), “Cobra Kai” executive producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg talk about shooting the series from that point-of-view.

Also Read: Yes, Ralph Macchio Agrees His 'Karate Kid' Crane Kick Was Pretty Much Illegal

In order to make viewers more sympathetic to the character, producers went back to the footage recorded for the movie’s climactic fight scene and cut together a version focusing on Zabka’s character, including a brutal close-up of the crane kick that ended the fight.

“Nobody had ever seen [that shot],” Schlossberg said. “The cool thing about that shot is that it changes the perspective of the scene … with that close-up, now you’re feeling the pain of that kick. And it suddenly twists it from triumph to defeat.”

Read original story YouTube Drops Never-Before-Seen ‘Karate Kid’ Footage Ahead of ‘Cobra Kai’ Premiere (Video) At TheWrap
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‘Cobra Kai’ Bosses Discuss Returning to ‘The Karate Kid’ Universe

It has been more than three decades since underdog Daniel Russo (Ralph Macchio) defeated bully Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) in a karate match that gave “The Karate Kid” “the ultimate happy ending.” But when “Cobra Kai,” the YouTube Red series that expands the world debuts May 2, not that much will have changed for the characters.

“It was important to us that what we’re making was a true continuation of those movies,” executive producer Jon Hurwitz tells Variety. “It becomes more of a comedy in certain ways, and the tone may have a certain edge to it because of the cobra kai angle,
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Mr. Miyagi Will Still Be at the Heart of Karate Kid Reboot Series Cobra Kai

THR recently interviewed star of Karate Kid and Cobra Kai series, Ralph Macchio, as well as executive producer Jon Hurwitz about their new series and how they planned on including Pat Morita's iconic character Mr. Miyagi. Morita was the teacher and star alongside Macchio in the original trilogy, but sadly passed away in 2005, at the age of 73. 

Macchio told THR at the Tuesday Night Premiere of Cobra Kai at New York's Tribeca Film Festival that, "We're not here without Pat Morita's performance in that film. The heart and soul of the Karate Kid universe are the teachings of Mr. Miyagi." He mentions that Mr. Miyagi's name will be used throughout the series, and there will be many reminders of him.

Executive producer, Jon Hurwitz, also went on to explain that they will also be using some footage from the original series that has never been seen before. That is incredibly exciting news!
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How 'Cobra Kai' Brought 'The Karate Kid' Roaring Back to Life

How 'Cobra Kai' Brought 'The Karate Kid' Roaring Back to Life
In September 2016, William Zabka – best known for portraying quintessential 1980s teen movie villain Johnny Lawrence in the original The Karate Kid – was summoned to his favorite Mexican restaurant in L.A. The reason: A mysterious meeting with three young comedy writers who had found big success in recent years with the Hot Tub Time Machine and Harold and Kumar franchises. He had absolutely no idea what they wanted. "We must have finished four or five baskets of chips and salsa," says Zabka. "But they kept pushing away the waiter from
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An “American Pie 5” Script was Written Years Ago So What’s the Hold Up?

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of one of the best (if not the best) raunchy comedy of our generation. When American Pie first came out in 1999, its success was completely unexpected. Four films later and fans still wanted more. However, when the fourth installment, American Reunion, came out in 2012, everyone thought that we’d be getting another one soon after—including the actors themselves. According to Thomas Ian Nicholas, the script for the fifth film was already finished a while ago, but after Reunion, no one heard from production again. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, the brains behind American

An “American Pie 5” Script was Written Years Ago So What’s the Hold Up?
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‘A Quiet Place’ Wins Box Office With $45 Million

‘A Quiet Place’ Wins Box Office With $45 Million
John Krasinski’s thriller “A Quiet Place” is set to make a loud debut at the box office this weekend with $45 million from 3,508 North American theaters.

The film, which premiered at SXSW to favorable reviews, stars Krasinski and Emily Blunt as parents trying to keep their children safe in a world where alien creatures can hunt you if you make a sound.

A Quiet Place,” from Paramount, is crushing early forecasts, which had placed it in the $30 million range. It earned around $19 million on Friday, with an impressive $4.3 million from Thursday previews, and is sitting at a 97% certified fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The thriller marks the first Paramount title to outperform expectations since Jim Gianopulos took over the studio a year ago and should be highly profitable, given the $17 million price tag. Andrew Form and Brad Fuller produced via Platinum Dunes.

In second place is the sophomore frame of
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‘A Quiet Place’ to Roar at Box Office With $40 Million-Plus Opening Weekend

‘A Quiet Place’ to Roar at Box Office With $40 Million-Plus Opening Weekend
Horror-thriller “A Quiet Place” is dominating domestic moviegoing with at least $40 million for its opening weekend, early estimates showed Friday.

The Paramount title is blowing past estimates, which had been in the $30 million range, with several estimates placing “A Quiet Place” above $45 million. Paramount was adhering to the $35 million to $40 million range as of early Friday afternoon.

A Quiet Place” opened with an impressive $4.3 million at 2,740 North American locations in Thursday night preview showings, while “Blockers” took in $1.5 million at 2,650 sites in previews.

The R-rated comedy “Blockers” is performing in line with expectations and should wind up the weekend with about $18 million. The second weekend of Warner Bros.’ “Ready Player One” will battle the raunchy comedy for second place.

A Quiet Place,” starring real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, expanded Friday to 3,508 locations. The film, which launched last month at South by Southwest to rave reviews, currently boasts a 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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