‘Cobra Kai’ Moves to Netflix Ahead of Season 3 Premiere

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"Cobra Kai" is leaving YouTube Premium for a new home on Netflix before season three of the show, Variety has learned.
Under the terms of the contract, the first two seasons of the series will be available on Netflix later this year. The season 3 premiere date will be announced at a later date. The news of the move comes 36 years after the premiere of the first “Karate Kid” film. The film grossed over $ 90 million when it was first released and received an Oscar nomination for Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi. It ultimately inspired three more sequels, a short-lived cartoon, and a restart of the film in 2010 with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.
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"The appeal of" The Karate Kid "saga is timeless and" Cobra Kai "starts exactly where it left off without missing a beat," said Brian Wright, vice president of the original series at Netflix. “The rivalry between Daniel and Johnny is forever, and the show has a lot of heart and is a lot of fun. We can't wait to introduce Cobra Kai to a new generation of fans and are excited to be their new home around the world. "
The series continues the story of the film franchise "Karate Kid", with Ralph Macchio and William Zabka repeating their roles as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence, respectively. Martin Kove also joined the series at the end of season one and repeated the role of Sensei John Kreese. It also features Xolo Maridueña, Courtney Henggeler, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Nicole Brown and Jacob Bertrand.
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According to sources, this was not the first attempt to move the series to Netflix. A similar move was attempted before season two, but this deal was ultimately not closed.
"Cobra Kai" has proven incredibly popular since its debut. The first season received a 100% critical approval rating for rotten tomatoes, while the second season received an 88% rating. The show was also nominated for best stunt coordination for a comedy series or variety program for both the first and second season.
"We are so proud of" Cobra Kai "and are overwhelmed by the massive response from fans to the series," said Jeff Frost, president of Sony Pictures Television. “Josh, Jon, Hayden, Ralph, William and the entire cast have done such a brilliant job with this sensational series, and the great reaction and mood of the audience is proof of that. We are very grateful to our partners at Netflix and couldn't be happier that they have become the new home for this epic saga. "
The series was written and produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg about their production company Counterbalance Entertainment. James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett produce with Susan Ekins for Overbrook Entertainment in collaboration with Sony Pictures Television, with Macchio and Zabka acting as co-executive producers.
"Making Cobra Kai has been a dream come true for us since day one," said Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg. “We are grateful for the tireless commitment of Jeff Frost, Chris Parnell, Jason Clodfelter, Karen Tatevosian and all of our partners at Sony that they have found us a new home in which we can not only continue the series, but also opportunities for more Exploring expansion. ”The Karate Kid universe. We are thrilled to join our new partners on Netflix and look forward to the show reaching the huge global audience who love this franchise as much as we do. "
This is the second YouTube premium show in recent weeks to find a new home. The previously canceled "Step Up: High Water" was recorded for a third season at Starz at the end of May.
After "Cobra Kai" is now leaving, YouTube Premium is no longer available in the premium script area. The YouTube subscription service has already broadcast programs such as "Step Up: High Water", "Wayne", "Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on TV" and "Dallas & Robo". YouTube changed its strategy in the original content area last year and instead focused on unwritten tariffs and documentation.
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