Cobra Kai‘s success on streaming makes the jump to cinemas a no-brainer, however, even one of the show’s creators was baffled by recent reports that Sony Pictures is working on a new Karate Kid movie.
At least this was the official reply from Cobra Kai showrunner Jon Hurwitz, who took to Twitter to address the news while responding to a fan’s question on the matter as he celebrated his show currently sitting atop Netflix’s streaming charts for over a week now. Co-creators Josh Heald and Hayden Schlossberg have yet to comment on this topic, although Hurwitz’s statement leaves no room for doubt that if a Karate Kid movie is in the works, it has nothing to do with the current Cobra Kai universe they’ve put together.
The reveal of a Karate Kid project was dropped alongside a couple of delays from Sony related to two of their Spider-Man spinoffs (Madame Web and Kraven the Hunter). However, no real details about casting, setting, or plot were given at the time. Still, the press release does clarify that the movie is meant to be a “return of the original Karate Kid franchise,” meaning a continuation of the 2010 The Karate Kid storyline starring Jaden Smith would be out of contention.
Even if still very polite and positive, Hurwitz’s tweet reads quite clearly: whatever Sony is set to work on is not the product of the Cobra Kai production team, nor does it involve the characters that have made the series so popular, which does raise a few questions on what the studio has in store. Despite initially premiering on the defunct YouTube Red and now calling Netflix its home, Sony Pictures Television is the distributor for all Cobra Kai physical media. At the same time, Will Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment, owns the rights to The Karate Kid, which is why the actor has executive producer credits over Cobra Kai.
When Heald, Hurwitz, and Schlossberg came up with the ideas for Cobra Kai, they had to get approval from the aforementioned parties, though no one will argue that their brainchild ended up being far more successful than the 2010 remake. What most fans will find puzzling is that Sony could opt to make something new out of The Karate Kid without the very people that have brought the franchise back into the spotlight thanks to Cobra Kai.
As if that wasn’t enough, Cobra Kai has already made use of practically every old character from the first three films, with only Hilary Swank’s The Next Karate Kid remaining untouched.
Cobra Kai seasons 1-5 are currently available on Netflix.
Source: Jon Hurwitz | Twitter