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'Karate Kid' YouTube Series 'Cobra Kai' Is Faithful to the Movie, Not A Comedy [TCA 2018]

'Karate Kid' YouTube Series 'Cobra Kai' Is Faithful to the Movie, Not A Comedy [TCA 2018]
From Slashfilm - January 13, 2018

YouTube Global Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels was on an executive panel for the Television Critics Association, an /Film got the chance to ask her about the upcoming YouTube Red original series Cobra Kai, based on the 1980s classic The Karate Kid.

In Cobra Kai, Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their rival roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence from the original movie. Though the series comes from Harold and Kumar franchise creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and Hot Tub Time Machine writer Josh Heald, Daniels said Cobra Kai is not a straight comedy.

Find out more about the Karate Kid YouTube series below.

It is a half an hour format but I would call it a dramedy, Daniels said. I think it leans into the tone of the movies in that there are dramatic moments throughout. I think its very faithful really in some ways to what the movie set about doing, the lessons imparted in the movie if you will. Its next generation Karate Kid.

The premise of Cobra Kai, set present day, is that Johnny (Zabka) reopens the old Cobra Kai dojo, reigniting his old rivalry with Daniel LaRusso (Macchio). Both Daniel and Johnny have teenage kids of their own now.

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