Sony has announced that a new Karate Kid film will be released on June 7, 2024, although no further details on the cast, crew, or plot have been released. The new installment will continue the original franchise.
The first film in the original franchise was released in 1984, with Ralph Macchio leading the cast as Daniel LaRusso. The main character is a scrawny teenager who is constantly bullied by his classmates Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) and his crew. So, Daniel turns to karate expert Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita), who soon finds Daniel a formidable opponent.
Three more films were released in the "Miyagi-verse." Daniel and Mr. Miyagi travel to Okinawa, where Daniel encounters a new foe: Chozen Toguchi (Yuji Okumoto). However, the third installment saw Daniel wear a Cobra Kai gi as the alluring promises of Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) created a rift between Daniel and Mr. Miyagi. Lastly, 1994 brings The Next Karate Kid.
The Karate Kid has become a well-known and well-known film since its release in 2010. It was reimagined by Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan that year, bringing with it a lot of new features. Most prominently, Smith's character learns kung fu instead of karate.
The most recent addition to the franchise is the now Netflix original series Cobra Kai, which first premiered in 2018 and began its run as a YouTube Original. After meeting Miguel (Xolo Mariduena), Johnny decides to reopen Cobra Kai. Other original cast members include Elisabeth Shue (Ali Mills), Tamlyn Tomita (Kumiko), Robyn Lively (Jessica) and
Collider's interview with Macchio and Zabka is set to release on June 7, 2024.