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'Karate Kid' TV sequel 'Cobra Kai' on YouTube Red comes to Atlanta


This was posted on Saturday, September 9, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

The dojo is back!

Ralph Macchio and William Zabka, stars of the classic 1984 film "The Karate Kid,"  are reprising their roles as underdog Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) and bully Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) in a 10-episode comedy series called "Cobra Kai" for YouTube Red, the paid subscription service.

It is going to be produced in metro Atlanta, joining fellow YouTube Red series "Step Up: High Water," which just wrapped on Friday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show will debut in 2018.

The premise? Down-and-out Johnny who, seeking redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. This reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel, who is struggling now that his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita), is gone. The half-hour comedy follows the duo addressing demons from their past and present frustrations — through karate.


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