In addition to season 3 of “Cobra Kai”: Ideas for at least five (!) More “Karate Kid” series on Netflix
After its success on YouTube, “Cobra Kai” has now landed on Netflix – where the “Karate Kid” universe may well have a great future. In any case, the makers are now talking about several ideas for spin-off series.
That was not necessarily to be expected: In the multitude of series based on cult films in recent years – from “Minority Report” to “The Exorcist” – it was the “Karate Kid” sequel “Cobra Kai” published via YouTube that did not already discontinued after season 1, but due to its great success it has even been bought by streaming giant Netflix (after YouTube decided to only use non-fictional formats for its in-house productions).
Since last Friday you can find the first two seasons of the martial arts series with retro charm on Netflix. And the fact that “Cobra Kai” makes it to the top of the series charts at the start of the platform is not too surprising.
On the one hand, many subscribers are likely to have grown up with the martial arts adventure of Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and are therefore curious about where he is in life today. On the other hand, the largely enthusiastic reviews – 94 and 96 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, 72 points on MetaCritic, 8.8 / 10 on IMDb – make you want more.
And there should be more soon: The third season “Cobra Kai” is to appear in 2021, for the first time directly on Netflix. And if the format remains so successful, at least a fourth could follow. But that’s not all: In an interview with SlashFilm, the creators of the series now revealed that they have a few more ideas up their sleeves …
The third season “Cobra Kai” is scheduled to appear in 2021, for the first time directly on Netflix.
Various ideas for series spin-offs
While we see in “Cobra Kai” how the former school thug Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) wants to reopen his old dojo Cobra Kai, which his old competitor Daniel LaRusso doesn’t like at all, we of course also get to know a number of new characters in the series – Characters who also bring interesting stories with them, but which often find little space in the half-hour “Cobra Kai” episodes. Space could be created for precisely this in further series.
“We have at least five different scenarios that we could consider,” reveals series creator Jon Hurwitz now about the possibility of further “Karate Kid” series. “Some of them are traditional, others are spin-offs like you’ve never seen before.”
“We have at least five different scenarios that we could consider,” revealed series creator Jon Hurwitz
“Some of them are traditional, others are spin-offs like you’ve never seen before.”
The team sees great potential in telling other phases in the lives of their characters and giving the characters more meat on the bones.
Expansion of the “Karate Kid” universe
While one is very careful to keep the budget of “Cobra Kai” as low as possible, this possible expansion of the “Karate Kid” universe simply came about naturally (and was already in prospect when Netflix took over the series posed).
After all, there is not only a reunion with old friends in the series, but also getting to know a lot of newcomers, who also grow dear to you and should ideally stay with you for a long time.
But first of all we have to wait for season 3 anyway. Until then we have to make do with the first two seasons – and with the 2010 remake of the “Karate Kid” (with Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith), which, unlike the original series, is currently also running on Netflix.