Sony is developing a new Karate Kid movie but it is learned it’s not connected to the hugely popular Cobra Kai series on Netflix.
Last Friday, Sony announced new release dates for its Spider-Man universe slate of films which also included a release date for a brand new Karate Kid movie on June 7, 2024.
The new Karate Kid has no details released and no director or cast as of yet.
Following the news about the new flick, a fan questioned Cobra Kai showrunner Jon Hurwitz about the new Karate Kid movie.
“The guys and I would love to make Karate Kid and Cobra Kai movies and hope to someday. But this one isn’t from us or focused on the Cobra Kai cast. Don’t know much about it, but wish it well,” tweeted Hurwitz.
The guys and I would love to make Karate Kid and Cobra Kai movies and hope to someday. But this one isn't from us or focused on the Cobra Kai cast. Don't know much about it, but wish it well. #KarateKid #CobraKai https://t.co/pd2aYYAF0A— Jon Hurwitz (@jonhurwitz) September 17, 2022
New Karate Kid movie sounds like a reboot
If the new movie doesn’t feature the Cobra Kai cast, it sounds like it will be a reboot, which Sony tried with the 2010 movie starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith that saw no sequels.
Cobra Kai is set 30 years after the original movie and features the original cast in addition to the next generation.
The showrunners have done a really good job of respecting the original movies as well as the fans in addition to bringing in new and younger actors and bridging the gap between the two.
“Just as you should honor thy father and mother, so should you honor the franchise you are bringing back. Remember — your show would not exist without the original movie. This is not just IP, this is something precious to millions of people. Treat it that way,” wrote showrunner Hayden Schlossberg in a guest column at THR titled “‘Cobra Kai’ Co-Creator Reveals His Rules for Successfully Rebooting Classic IP.”
Schlossberg also said, “Sure, you want to lure younger viewers, but first you must win over the hard-core fans who made your franchise a success.
“The best part about working on a famous franchise is that there is a built-in fan base already,” he said. “Do what you can to turn that fan base into a community. Get them hyped up, show them you listen and encourage their creativity and passion.”
Schlossberg also aded not to argue with the fans: “There is nothing more futile than trying to convince fans who didn’t like something that they are wrong. If there is division in the fan base, let the fans argue among themselves. That is part of the fun.”
Coba Kai Season 5 is now streaming on Netflix.