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In what must be one of the best Friday surprises in recent years, THR has announced that there’s a Karate Kid TV series in the works, to be shown exclusively on Youtube Red next year. And the best part? Original stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will be reprising their roles, albeit as older and much wiser individuals.
In the original Karate Kid, released in 1984, Macchio plays a bullied teenager who, under the guidance of elderly gardener Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), learns the art of karate in order to compete in a tournament his tormentors will be a part of. It’s an inspirational story of overcoming oppression and learning important life lessons, and it spawned sequels, a cartoon series, and a shit remake starring Jackie Chan alongside one of Will Smith’s kids.
Anyway, the new series will take place 30 years after the events of the first film. Check out the synopsis below:
The series, set to bow in 2018, is set 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and revolves around a down and out Johnny who, seeking redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. It reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita). The half-hour comedy follows the duo addressing demons from their past and present frustrations — through (what else?) karate.
The Karate Kid is the latest classic property to be given the reboot/revival treatment. Other shows we can expect to see in the near include Lost In Space, Roseanne, DuckTales and Star Trek. But the wave of resurrected favourites from the past has been upon us for awhile now, with the likes of Twin Peaks, Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist, Fuller House, MacGuyver, and The X-Files having already aired. I know I’m forgetting others, but you already know about them anyway.
Furthermore, earlier this week, Variety broke the news that Vin Diesel is helming a reboot of the iconic cop drama, Miami Vice. Is that good or bad news? Personally I’m excited; the ’80s are back in full swing, baby. Let’s hope Nu Wave music becomes a huge deal again, too.
Are you excited about this news? Are there any shows or movies you’d like to see get the reboot/revival treatment? Or, has this recent outpouring of reboots destroyed your childhood? Let us know.