The “Karate Kid” sequel “Cobra Kai” on YouTube’s Red channel has been renewed for a second season after its monster debut.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Thursday, the streaming site announced the renewal after the first episode on May 4 generated more than 20 million views. The second season will consist on 10 episodes and is expected to premiere in 2019.
“This series had all of the right elements from the very beginning–compelling characters, a storied rivalry and the talented original stars,” Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube said. “The way viewers have embraced the new twist on this beloved franchise has been nothing short of amazing, and we’re thrilled to partner with Sony TV, Overbrook and the extraordinary creative team led by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg to create a second season.”
The series brings back original stars of the 1984 film with Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and William Zabka (Johnny Lawrence) who find themselves going head-to-head once again, as Zabka’s character reopens the Cobra Kai karate dojo.
“In the highly anticipated return of two iconic characters, the arch-rivals from the legendary Karate Kid film series reunite over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament,” the description released with the trailer read. “Now living in the affluent hills of Encino, Daniel LaRusso leads an enviable life with his beautiful family, while running a successful string of car dealerships throughout the valley.”
“Meanwhile, his high school adversary, Johnny Lawrence, whose life has taken a rocky turn, seeks redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo,” it added. “Their lives inevitably become intertwined and the rivalry is reignited, setting forth the next generation of ‘karate kids’ in COBRA KAI, a YouTube Red Original Series.”