Thirty-four years ago, Johnny Lawrence’s Cobra Kai henchman, Tommy, implored the Valley’s best and blondest to get Daniel LaRusso a body bag; but he obviously spoke way too soon. Because now, all these years, sequels, remakes, TV series, and video games later, the OG Daniel-San is still alive and kicking and making his way back into theaters across the country.
To ring in Johnny and Daniel’s return to the ring for the upcoming YouTube Red series Cobra Kai, starring Ralph “The Karate Kid” Macchio and William “The Second Best Bully of the ‘80s” Zabka, Fathom Events is putting the 1984 classic The Karate Kid back in over 600 select theaters nationwide for one night and one night only.
And then, hopefully after a quick bathroom and popcorn break, long-expectant fans will get to see just what Johnny and Daniel have been up to all this time, as they’ll be screening the first two episodes of the new show, which drops in full on YouTube's streaming service on May 2.
Cobra Kai finds Daniel a successful car dealership owner (and kind of a bully) objecting to down-and-out Johnny’s plan to reopen the Cobra Kai dojo and become a self-proclaimed sensei to yet another young bunch of would-be bullies.
For those of us excited about seeing two of the most memorable characters of the ‘80s coming back to life in the new series, who haven’t been immersed in the original film’s lore for a few decades, the big screen one-two punch of the movie followed by the first two episodes sounds like the best (around) way to go.
The full match is set for 7 p.m. at your local theater on Apr. 25, but you can purchase tickets tomorrow at Fathom Events’ website.