YouTube Red has given his "Karate Kid" successor "Cobra Kai" a second season order.
The series, which first fell on the streaming service on May 2, plays Ralph Macchio and William Zabka in their new roles from the 1980s franchise. This time around, they are all grown up, looking after teenagers in their own way. Macchio's Daniel LaRusso is a typical father in the San Fernando Valley, while Zabka's Johnny is still a rude and gray-haired guy who reluctantly takes a neighbor (Xolo Mariduena) under his wing and opens his own dojo.
Cast also includes Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, and Courtney Henggeler
"This series had all the right elements right from the beginning ̵
The series comes from authors and executive producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. The showrunning trio also worked as a director for most of the first season, and will do so in the second season. James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett will also return as executive producers. The show comes from Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions and Overbrook Entertainment in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television Studios.
"We are so excited about Cobra Kai's achievement and our incredible partnerships with Josh, Jon, Hayden and Overbrook, and of course You Tube Red, that was a remarkable experience and the audience's response only confirms what we already knew – That this team and this series are extraordinary and incredibly special, "said Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television.
The show first debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and also got a one-night theater screening for the general public in the same months. Fathom Events hosted this special re-release of the original "Karate Kid" movie and the first two episodes of the series before its digital premiere.
In addition to "Cobra Kai," YouTube Red's original scripts include the animated "Dallas and Robo" starring John Cena and Kat Denning, Doug Liman's "Impulse," and an upcoming comedy in the hip-hop world starring Adam Pally and Sam Richardson.