The workforce behind “Cobra Kai” pulled off the near-impossible.

Creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg revived a decades-old franchise with love, respect and creativity. They paid homage to the “Karate Kid” options, introduced again as many key, and never so key, gamers from the unique saga and injected new blood into the storyline.

The outcomes? Five seasons embraced by critics and fans alike, with extra in manufacturing.

How did Hollywood reply to the unlikely resurgence? We simply discovered there’s a brand new “Karate Kid” film on the way in which.

Sony introduced “the return of the original ‘Karate Kid’ franchise” with a June 2024 launch date. 

That’s all.

No stars or administrators are at present connected to the fabric, at the least publicly. We know nothing concerning the movie save the title and its connection to the unique franchise.

It will get worse.

The workforce behind “Cobra Kai,” who revived the model and proved a brand new “Kid” saga nonetheless mattered, gained’t be concerned with the brand new movie.

Could Hurwitz be performing coy? Seems unlikely, since he responded to a fan on Twitter and didn’t strategy the press straight about his attainable ties to the movie.

Sony would seemingly like to trumpet the “Cobra Kai” workforce’s involvement with the mission. What an ideal solution to construct curiosity in a movie nonetheless two years away?

Instead, we’re given a generic announcement with zero particulars save the workforce who introduced the model again from the artistic abyss are out of the loop.

It’s half of the brand new, baffling regular in La La Land.


Hollywood studios now plot films with the phrase “untitled” in them for public consumption. Here’s extra from a recent film slate announcement.

Columbia Pictures’ Garfield film will go on May 24, 2024, Memorial Day weekend as a substitute of Feb. 16, 2024. Currently on that Memorial Day weekend is Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s Furiosa, Paramount’s John Krasinski/Ryan Reynolds’ IF, and an untitled twentieth Century Studios film. [emphasis added]

Disney additionally makes use of the “untitled film” place marker when asserting its future plans.

Let’s be blunt. The upcoming “Karate Kid” movie might be pretty much as good, or dangerous, as any new function. We actually know nothing about it, from the artistic workforce in place to the completed product.

What’s clear, although, is that Hollywood is banking on model recognition to inexperienced gentle a serious movement image. Sony is so assured about mentioned model that it didn’t trouble to faucet the “Cobra Kai” workforce to make it occur.

The transfer suggests a conceit behind the scenes. The of us who personal the “Karate Kid” franchise really feel no must carry on these effectively versed within the saga.

They higher be proper.

Most importantly, it factors to a misunderstanding of trendy popular culture. “Cobra Kai” is successful on Netflix, however that doesn’t assure function movie success. Hit reveals draw a fraction of what they did within the analog age.

For instance, Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers” begins its thirteenth season Sept. 25, however the movie based mostly on the long-running present made a mediocre $31 million.

Sony might remorse turning its again on Team “Cobra Kai” whereas prepping a sequel to a saga that curdled with 1994’s “The Next Karate Kid.”

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