Today in Entertainment: YouTube Red nabs ‘Karate Kid’ TV sequel; ABC postpones ‘Little Mermaid Live!’ special

Thirty years after a epic contest that capped “The Karate Kid,” strange headliners and nemeses Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are behind for a belated turn two. Reprising their roles from a iconic ’80s franchise, a illusory adversaries will lapse to a dojo in “Cobra Kai,” a new array entrance to YouTube Red in 2018. 

The 10-episode, half-hour array is created and executive constructed by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg. YouTube announced a array Friday morning, only before hosting a row event during a Television Critics Assn. alongside both Macchio and Zabka. 

“The notation we listened about this project, we knew we had to have it,” YouTube originals arch Susanne Daniels said in a statement. ” ‘The Karate Kid’ became an benefaction classical in a 1980s and still resonates with audiences around a universe and on YouTube today.”

Culling a pretension from a barbarous Cobra Kai dojo that supposing a backdrop for Macchio and Zabka’s token rivalry, a array touts a reimagined take on a three-part saga. But revolutionary fans of a strange films need not worry; “Cobra Kai” pays loyalty to a standout themes of a predecessor; adversary and emancipation will have a big participation in a reboot. 

The new array kicks off 3 decades in a issue of a 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, and Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) is still disorder from defeat. Hungry for redemption, Lawrence reopens a Cobra Kai — which, of course, reopens his fast adversary with a now-successful Daniel LaRusso (Macchio).

The array chronicles their toils — both earthy and romantic — as they come face-to-face with a demons of their past and work to residence a frustrations of their present. Perhaps it goes though saying, though their primary mode of fight and gushing is as it has always been: karate.

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