From movie to TV show … and now back to a movie again.
Announcing a number of changes to their upcoming release calendar, Sony added a surprising title to their list of films in development: A new film in The Karate Kid series, which they described as “the return of the original The Karate Kid franchise.” The film is scheduled to open in theaters on June 7, 2024.
The news is especially unexpected because of the original The Karate Kid franchise has found new life on Netflix as Cobra Kai, a TV series that continues the story of the old trilogy of films about the smart underdog karate master Daniel LaRusso some 30 years after the events of the old films. Decades later, Daniel is now a wealthy businessman, and his old karate rival and bully, Johnny Lawrence, is a washed-up loser who restarts the Cobra Kai dojo to regain purpose in his life. The series’ fifth season recently premiered on Netflix.
So far, Netflix has not officially announced a sixth season of the show, and this news may have something to do with it. Sony’s announcement did not name any filmmakers or stars or provide a detailed synopsis, but called it the return of the original The Karate Kid franchise should mean Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and various other characters from Cobra Kai series. (Unless it’s a reboot of the concept with a new cast?) Cobra Kai looks to be heading for a grand finale; it is possible a The Karate Kid the movie could end all of the show’s various storylines.
If it happens, it will be the sixth film in the franchise, after three The Karate Kids with Macchio and Pat Morita as his karate teacher, Mr. Miyagi. After Macchio aged out of the franchise, Morita did next The next Karate Kid, which starred a young Hilary Swank as his new student. A few years later, there was a reboot with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan in the role of the elderly martial artist. The first season of Cobra Kai followed in 2018. (Morita died in 2005, but Mr. Miyagi is constantly referenced in the program.)
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