Since its release, The Karate Kid has become a cherished and widely recognizable movie.
The original franchise kicked off in 1984. Ralph Macchio led the movies as Daniel LaRusso. A scrawny teenager who’s relentlessly bullied by his classmate Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and his crew. LaRusso becomes instructed by karate master Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita), whose unconventional methods soon help Daniel gain a fighting chance against Johnny and the rest of Cobra Kai.
Now, Sony has stated that the new installment will continue the original franchise, and announced a new movie.
The upcoming movie is set to release on June 7, 2024. Exactly forty after the first movie.
Sony has stated that the new installment will continue the original franchise. Three other movies were released set within what’s now dubbed the “Miyagi-verse:”
The Karate Kid II: Daniel and Mr. Miyagi head to Okinawa, where Daniel comes up against a new foe, Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto).
The Karate Kid III: the third installment saw Daniel don a Cobra Kai gi. The alluring promises of Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) created a rift between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi.
The Next Karate Kid: Mr. Miyagi takes a new student named Julie (Hilary Swank) under his wing.
Karate Kid or Kung-Fu Kid?
In 2010, a reboot of the same name that starred Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. The general story itself is similar, but the reboot brought its own set of differences. First, it’s set in China, and Smith’s character Dre learns kung fu instead of karate. Second, there was no Mr. Miyagi or Daniel LaRusso.
The original series Cobra Kai, now on Netflix and began on Youtube in 2018, is the most recent continuation of the franchise.
With a heavier focus placed on Johnny, it brought back both Zabka and Macchio for their respective characters.
A great hit with audiences, the show brings back fun nostalgia along with new storylines that have carried the show into five seasons so far.
Again, the new Karate Kid is set to hit theaters on June 7, 2024.
We’ll bring you more information about the new ‘The Karate Kid’ as it happens.