It was announced in August of last year that Cobra Kai was going to be made into a 10-episode series for YouTube Red and now we have our first look. The series is set 30 years after the events of The Karate Kid and it features William Zabka's Johnny Lawrence bringing back the Cobra Kai dojo, which is something that Ralph Macchio's Daniel LaRusso can't understand. Johnny Lawrence is seeking redemption, 34 years after the fact, which is a dream come true for fans of The Karate Kid.
The trailer for Cobra Kai shows off some familiar scenery from The Karate Kid and then features Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. Macchio's LaRusso character says, "I just don't know why you'd ever want to bring back Cobra Kai." Afterwards we here Zabka's Lawrence telling his new students at the dojo that, "We are not trained to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak." There's definitely going to be some turbulence when Cobra Kai makes its debut later this year.
Ralph Macchio revealed that he had been highly protective of The Karate Kid over the last 34 years and was skeptical to do anything that might tarnish the reputation of the original franchise. However, he changed his mind when Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine), Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold & Kumar) pitched him the idea. Macchio liked the idea of the story focusing on the Johnny Lawrence character and compared the Cobra Kai series to Ryan Coogler's Creed movie. He went on to say that this show is "the worst nightmare" for Daniel LaRusso.
William Zabka also recently spoke about the Cobra Kai series, mentioning that it's over 30 years later and Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso still have a rivalry. Zabka reveals that his character has a good heart deep down, but he's still sour from losing all of those years ago, so he's still "rough around the edges." Johnny Lawrence is looking for redemption in Cobra Kai and Zabka hints that his character and Ralph Macchio's Daniel-San are friends when it comes down to it. Whatever the case may be, the preview looks awesome and now is the perfect time to release this series. Let's hope it comes out sooner rather than later.
There is no official release date for Cobra Kai, but it will debut on YouTube Red later this year. The series will see Johnny Lawrence take in the bullied high school student Miguel Diaz (Xolo Maridueña) and train him at the Cobra Kai dojo. All the while Johnny's son, Robby Keene goes out of his way to prove that he's nothing like his father. The trailer looks awesome, but it would've been a lot cooler if it were a bit longer because less than a minute is not enough. You can check out the trailer for Cobra Kai below, courtesy of the Cobra Kai YouTube channel.