With just a week passing since its release on YouTube Red, plans are already afoot for the continuation of The Karate Kid saga, with the subscription service announcing a second season of the surprisingly entertaining Cobra Kai.
Here’s what Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube, had to say in her statement about the show’s upcoming second season;
“This series had all of the right elements from the very beginning — compelling characters, a storied rivalry, and the talented original stars. The way viewers have embraced the new twist on this beloved franchisehas been nothing short of amazing, and we’re thrilled to partner with Sony TV, Overbrook and the extraordinary creative team led by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg to create a second season.”
The original film’s stars, William Zabka and Ralph Macchio, are set to once again reprise their roles as Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso in the continuing story which is set to start filming towards the end of the year. Other cast members slated to return for the second season include Xolo Mariduena as Miguel Diaz, Tanner Buchanan as Robby Keene, Mary Mouser as Samantha LaRusso and Courtney Henggeler as Amanda LaRusso.
The first season of Cobra Kai has been a big success for the streaming service and has already generated more than 20 million views since its release. The ten episode series is made by Sony Television, whose president, Jeff Frost, had this to say about the recommissioning;
“We are so elated with the performance of Cobra Kai and our incredible partnerships with Josh, Jon, Hayden and Overbrook and of course, YouTube Red. This has been a remarkable experience and the audience reaction only further validates what we already knew – that this team and series is exceptional and incredibly special.”
The first season was written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, who will all continue to serve as showrunners in the second season, and who also released the following joint statement;
“Continuing the Karate Kid saga with YouTube Red has been a dream come true. We are grateful to all our creative partners for giving us the freedom to revisit and expand the LaRusso/Lawrence rivalry. And we are truly exhilarated by the tidal wave of support from fans of this story, both old and new.”
The release date for the second season of Cobra Kai has yet to be announced.