One of the best streaming shows around is headed to Netflix.
Former YouTube All-Valley champion Cobra Kai is making the leap from that service to Netflix, the company announced Monday. The series is a sequel program to the 1980s classic The Karate Kid and see stars William Zabka and Ralph Macchio reprising their roles from the film. But in a bit of cosmic reversal, Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence is the main protagonist while Macchio’s Daniel Laruso goes on a spiritual journey of his own to reconnect with his kids and the can-do energy of his youth.
The series, produced by Sony Pictures Television, proved to be an early hit for YouTube’s premium streaming tier; which went by a number of names. Unfortunately, the initiative’s other scripted series did not generate the buzz of Cobra Kai nor the financial returns necessary to keep a Google premium streaming service afloat. Many of the programs were cancelled while a few found new homes, like Cobra Kai‘s new berth at Netflix.
Executive Producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg said in a statement, “Making Cobra Kai has been a dream come true for us since day one. We are thankful for the tireless dedication of Jeff Frost, Chris Parnell, Jason Clodfelter, Karen Tatevosian, and all our partners at Sony for finding us a new home where we can not only continue the series, but also explore opportunities to further expand The Karate Kid universe. We are beyond excited to join our new partners at Netflix and look forward to the show reaching the massive global audience who loves this franchise as much as we do.”
Under the terms of the deal, the two extant season of the program will debut on Netflix later this year with a third season to follow once it is safe to produce a series featuring contact sports.
But the big news here is that many more people will get discover Cobra Kai‘s compelling mix of laughs, nostalgia, legit drama, an deepening characterization for Johnny and Daniel.
Cobra Kai comes to Netflix later this year.