Monday, August 07, 2017

Karate Kid TV Series In The Works

For some reason, my father was watching Karate Kid III on one of the Sky Cinema channels the other day. It might be a controversial opinion, but I actually like this edition in the series. It was critically panned, but I think it's second if I had to rank them in order of preference. The first movie is top, obviously.

Anyway, my liking of Karate Kid III isn't why I am writing about the series of films today. There was quite a coincidence after watching part of the movie on - I'd guess Wednesday - as, by Friday, I was reading reports that Karate Kid is coming back.

And I'm not referring to the lame reboot that starred Will Smith's son that came out a few years ago.

Oh yes, Ralph Macchio is returning to play Daniel LaRusso in a TV series titled Cobra Kai.

Cobra Kai will be about LaRusso's nemesis from the original movie - Johnny - reopening the Cobra Kai dojo (fear does not exist in this dojo, does it?) and it'll go from there.

I don't know if the original Cobra Kai sensei, John Kreese, will make an appearance in the show. All I know is it'll be Johnny reopening the building and seeking redemption thirty years after he was beaten by Daniel at the close of the 1985 movie.

One person who will surely not be involved with this project, and in my opinion - will be missed greatly, is the late Pat Morita who played LaRusso's teacher, Mr. Miyagi, in the three movies with Macchio and also brought back Miyagi for The Next Karate Kid - which starred a young Hilary Swank - that came out in the 1990s.

The series has been given a ten-episode run and will stream on YouTube's paid subscription service, YouTube Red. This service is unavailable over here in the UK, so I'm interested to see if it will make its way to these shores another way.

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