The series is set thirty years after the evens of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, where we find a down and out Johnny Lawrence who, seeking redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. It reignites his rivalry with a new-successful Daniel LaRusso, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor Mr. Miyagi. We will follow the journey of the duo addressing demons from their past and present frustrations…..through karate.
The renewal comes exactly a week since the first season was made available on YouTube Red, with the first episode of the series (available for free on YouTube) generating more than 20m views since its debut (YouTube Red, like other subscription services, does not release viewership information).
Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube, released a statement saying:
This series had all of the right elements from the very beginning — compelling characters, a storied rivalry, and the talented original stars. 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.
Jeff Frost, President Sony Pictures Television, added:
We are so elated with the performance of Cobra Kai and our incredible partnerships with Josh, Jon, Hayden and Overbrook and of course, You Tube Red. This has been a remarkable experience and the audience reaction only further validates what we already knew — that this team and series is exceptional and incredibly special.
The announcement doesn’t come as much of a surprise to me as Cobra Kai has been a hit not only critically, but amongst the audience watching it that grew up with The Karate Kid films and a new generation that never seen the films before. Personally, I thought Cobra Kai done a tremendous job of extending the character journeys of Johnny Lawrence and Daniel LaRusso further here after their childhood. The second season will also consist of ten episodes, with production set to commence in the fall and then the season will premiere in 2019.
Cobra Kai stars William Zabka, Ralph Macchio, Courtney Henggeler, Xolo Maridueña, Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand, Hannah Kepple, Griffin Santopietro and Vanessa Rubio.