Recently, Sony announced the production of a new Karate Kid The film is slated for release in 2024. This immediately raised questions about ties to the franchise’s ongoing spin-off series on Netflix, Cobra Kai. However, a recent tweet from a spin-off series co-creator, Jon Hurwitz, cleared things up. Hurwitz indicated that the new film will not be tied to the television series.
Hurwitz took to Twitter after Sony announced a new episode in the original Karate Kid franchise to explain that he will not be linked to the Cobra Kai Netflix series, despite their intention to make films for the franchise one day. “The guys and I would love to do Karate Kid and Cobra Kai movies and hope to one day,” Hurwitz said. “But this one isn’t from us or focused on the Cobra Kai cast.” The tweet came in response to a fan asking about the new movie, which Sony announced just a week after season 5 of Cobra Kai has been freed. Hurwitz added that he “didn’t know much about it”, but that he “wished[es] good.
Little information other than the release date was provided with Sony’s announcement of the new Karate Kid film. It’s not yet known if the next film will see the return of familiar characters from previous films, or any other information regarding the cast or crew, including who will be directing the new film. The plot, too, is a mystery at this point; However, Sony has confirmed that the film will continue from the original franchise. The scheduled release date of the film is set for June 7, 2024.
The Karate Kid The franchise, which is now also dubbed the “towards Miyagi” (named after the mentor character, Mr. Miyagi), consists of five films, one of which is a reboot. The franchise began with the 1984 film The Karate Kid featuring Ralph Macchio as protagonist Daniel LaRusso. In the film, Macchio’s character turns to Mr. Miyagi (played by the late Pat Morita), a karate master, after being bullied by a gang of classmates led by Johnny Lawrence (Guillaume Zabka). While his classmates are members of the Cobra Kai club, Daniel soon learns to overcome them thanks to Mr. Miyagi’s quirky lessons.
The Karate Kid II saw Daniel and Mr. Miyagi travel to Okinawa, Japan, where they face a new rival, Chozen Toguchi (played by Yuji Okumoto); while in The Karate Kid IIIDaniel joins the Cobra Kai team under the tutelage of Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) after falling out with Mr. Miyagi. The 1994 installment, The Next Karate Kidsaw Morita return as Mr. Miyagi taught a new student, Julie Pierce (Hilary Swank). A 2010 reboot of the film starring Jaden Smith like Dr. Parker and Jackie Chan as Mr. Han watched the franchise move to China with similar bullies and unconventional teaching methods.
According to the tweet, the new episode will not focus on the Hurwitz spin-off series, Cobra Kai, which is now in its fifth season. Cobra Kai started as a YouTube Original series in 2018 before moving to Netflix. The series focuses on an adult Johnny Lawrence thirty years after Daniel LaRusso defeated him at the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament (according to the original film). Johnny restarts the Cobra Kai dojo in an attempt to help bullied teenage boy Miguel Diaz (Xolo Mariduena), and in doing so resumes his old rivalry with Daniel. Zabka and Macchio reprise their original roles in this series.
New Karate Kid the film will be released on June 7, 2024. Season five of Cobra Kai is currently streaming on Netflix, check out Hurwitz’s tweet and trailer below: