The Karate Kid Movie franchise is getting a new movie. Sony has officially announced the franchise return and said “the return to the original Karate Kid franchise.” However, no other details have been revealed yet. Cobra Kai Season 5 was recently released on Netflix. Cobra Kai TV Series is a sequel to the original The Karate Kid films by Robert Mark Kamen.
The Netflix series was first released back in 2018. The show got hit because of the fanbase of Karate Kid films. The show was first launched on YouTube Red. However, YouTube decided to put an end to it. Netflix acquired the show rights in June 2020 and released the 3rd season and renewed the series for a fourth. There are currently five seasons on Netflix.
Since there is no information regarding the upcoming movie. There is no way of telling who will be appearing in the movie and what the plot is going to be. However, in an interview Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) suggested the idea of possible prequels and spinoffs. The movie might be a standalone project or a reboot. He said:
The thing that’s been created, there’s kind of this Karate Kid Cinematic Universe now where Cobra Kai is, you know, at the center of that and when that day does come in for a landing, there are other areas to draw from. I mean, whether it’s … Is there a Miyagi origin story? Is there a Cobra Kai prequel before The Karate Kid? Is there spin-offs with some of the young cast of these characters? Who knows? But we’re not done as long as we’re given the opportunity to really bring it in. As long as it evolves organically, these guys that write the show really have their finger on the pulse of that.
He added “There’s stuff that they wrote in Season 3 that didn’t happen until Season 4 ’cause there wasn’t any more room in Season 3. There’s stuff that was in Season 5 that we know we shot that is being held for the future if we get that green light, so there’s more to come, we hope.”
Cobra Kai and Karate Kid Movie Franchise
William Zabka also said about Cobra Kai: “There’s an endgame [for Cobra Kai]. Everything’s pointing to a place on the map for sure. It’s a matter of how many [seasons] we’re gonna get to do that, but there’s definitely an endgame. We’re gonna end the series, and then I think we’re gonna do a trilogy of films.”
There is no doubt the success of Cobra Kai brought back the original franchise of Karate Kid. Cobra Kai Season 6 has yet to be renewed. However, there is a high chance that Netflix is going to renew the famous Karate Kid Sequel series since it ended on a cliffhanger.
That’s what we love most about the franchise: anybody watching our show sees how many characters are entering in and there’s part of us that never wants to stop,” co-creator Jon Hurwitz recently told Total Film, teasing spinoffs to come. “We do have a place where it’s all going, but that doesn’t mean the world has to stop there. We have lots of ideas of continuing [the universe] and keeping the Karate Kid vibes going through other stories and other shows and different formats for that.”
Sony’s new Karate Kid movie is set to be released on June 7, 2024. Five seasons of Cobra Kai are now streaming on Netflix, you can binge-watch them while you wait for the new movie and Cobra Kai Season 6.
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