When we think about movies we’d like to see continued as web series, several come to mind. I would not have listed The Karate Kid as one of them.
And then we watched season 1. It’s the type of sequel that reminds you what is possible if characters we loved from classic movies are respected and return.
Cobra Kai as of Friday August 28, all 20 episodes from Season 1 & 2, are available to stream. We watched the first season 10 episodes and thought it was excellent. Still working on Season 2. Almost a guarantee that reviews of all 20 episodes will be making their way here at some point in the future. Those with Netflix who liked the first Karate Kid movie should put Cobra Kai on your priority watchlist ASAP. It’s #1 on the Netflix charts and well-deserved.
It turns out the co-creators behind Cobra Kai are interested in taking their “where are those characters at now” to the Back to the Future universe.
What I can say is we love the Back to the Future universe as much as we love the Karate Kid universe. Those characters equally were a part of our lives and continue to be a part of our lives.,” Hurwitz said. “We know that the team that has made the Back to the Future movies seems to have little interest in continuing in that world and we respect that. As long as they feel that way, there’s really nothing to be done. If they ever change their minds and happen to check out Cobra Kai and like what we did with this in the world of Karate Kid, then we would be well prepared for any meetings that we would have going forward.”Cobra Kai Creators Discuss Spinoffs, Tackling Back to the Future
Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis have stated no interest in making any more Back To The Future movies, but wonder if they saw what these guys did with Cobra Kai if it might change their opinions? They lovingly have incorporate the original Karate Kid movies (particularly the first one) into the future, respecting, preserving and advancing the classic characters. This only adds more interest to the original movies, not detracts from them. It would be cool to see them work that magic with Doc Brown and Marty McFly.
Michael J. Fox might have Parkinson’s but he’s still acting. Chances are he might get on board with something well done. Same with Christopher Lloyd.
Last year, Lloyd said he’d only be interested in coming back for a fourth movie if Zemeckis and Gale were on board and excited about it…the only problem, of course, is that they aren’t. Not only that, but they’re actively against the idea of bringing this franchise back to life. In 2016, Zemeckis spoke with an Italian news outlet and his answer to a question about a possible fourth movie is translated like this: “There will never ever be a Return to the Future in the most absolute way 4. There will be no more Back to the Future.” The translation obviously isn’t perfect, but there’s not much lost in it, either – it’s pretty clear we’re not going to be seeing an 80-year-old Doc Brown reuniting with a 58-year-old Marty McFly any time soon, and as much as some fans might want it, we’re almost certainly better off this way.‘Back to the Future 4’: Christopher Lloyd Still Wants to Make a Climate Change-Focused Sequel
The Cobra Kai co-creators should at least have earned a chance to talk about possibilities with Gale and Zemeckis, but it sounds like neither of those gentlemen are interested in going beyond the original trilogy.
This reminds of the creative disinterest shared by Marta Kaufman and David Crane regarding a continuation, reboot or spinoff of Friends.
There is something to be said if a creator doesn’t want to create any more allowing a third party that will come in and, respectfully, create said content. The word “respect” is difficult to enforce in Hollywood, which in fairness to content creators makes sense to have them leery of killing their golden geese.