Sony Pictures has suddenly announced a new Karate Kid movie. According to their statement it will be the “return of the original Karate Kid franchise” to the big screen for the first time since 1994s The Next Karate Kid which starred Hilary Swank and was… not good. The Jaden Smith-led 2010 movie was a reboot.

Sony has dated this new Karate Kid for June 7th 2024. The studio announcement seems to clearly indicate that this is tied to the original trilogy. However most of the surviving cast from those movies is currently starring in the Netflix continuation series Cobra Kai.

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The project was revealed during a schedule shake-up yesterday afternoon in which both Madam Web and Kraven The Hunter were moved out into seemingly better release slots.

How they link to Cobra Kai will be important to fans. Cobra Kai has successfully continued the franchise story, and is set 34 years after William Zabka’s Johnny Lawrence was defeated by Ralph Macchio’s Daniel LaRusso in the original Karate Kid movie.

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The show follows a middle-aged Johnny reopening the Cobra Kai karate dojo, reigniting his rivalry with Daniel. After starting out as a YouTube Red original series in 2018, it jumped to Netflix in time for the third season. Since then it has remained one of the most watched shows on Netflix and is now completing its fifth season.

Season 5 ended on a cliffhanger, clearly setting up more to come. While season 6 (and potentially 7) were always planned, there has been no official announcement yet.

Will Season 6 then lead to a conclusion on the big screen? Or will Cobra Kai finish before the movie starts and the movie will pick up the story after the show?

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