Cobra Kai: Co-showrunner teases more Karate Kid spin-offs are on the way

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Netflix’s popular continuation of The Karate Kid series surprised eager fans by releasing season three a week early on New Year’s Day. With a fourth season of Cobra Kai on the way, one of the show’s head honcho’s has revealed plans to continue the story with potential prequels and spin-offs.

Co-creator and showrunner Hayden Schlossberg has confirmed hopes to continue the story of Cobra Kai well beyond its confirmed fourth season.

The third instalment of The Karate Kid’s TV successor dropped on Netflix at the start of the year to instant acclaim.

Over 30 years after the events of the original film, the series sees high school rivals Daniel LaRusso (played by Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) once again butting heads.

While the sequel series is ramping up to a final confrontation between Daniel, Johnny – now reluctant allies – and sadistic sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove), Schlossberg indicated the story is far from over.

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The co-writer told TVLine: “Our hope is that we can really expand this whole Karate Kid universe and reinvigorate the fanbase, so that it’s a story we can continue telling”

The iconic 1984 original has already been followed by three sequels, and a 2010 remake starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

Originally airing on YouTube, Netflix took over the nostalgic series for season three, which has been praised for its compelling cast of new and returning characters and authentic martial arts.

Season three also featured a touching tribute to Daniel LaRusso’s wise mentor Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), who passed away in 2005.

While the revamped franchise has already thrilled fans of the 1980s classic, Schlossberg named Breaking Bad as an influence, detailing his hopes for the continuation of Cobra Kai.

He continued: “We do have an endgame for Cobra Kai, but we always compare it to our other favourite show, Breaking Bad, [and how] they’re able to keep the story going with Better Call Saul and El Camino.”

Prequel series Better Call Saul wrapped up its fifth season last year, whilst the 2019 sequel film continued the story of Aaron Paul’s Jesse Pinkman.

Although it’s unclear if hypothetical Cobra Kai spin-offs would go forwards or backwards in time, or remain in the present day, Schlossberg mentioned Sensei Kreese’s origins in Vietnam as a potential jumping off point.

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He explained: “We spend time with Kreese’s backstory [in season 3], but we could’ve spent more time with Kreese’s backstory. 

“We have so many things to tell in these half-hour episodes, it ends up not being enough. 

“We’re just having a fun time as friends getting to work in the sandbox of The Karate Kid and hope to keep it going.”

Season three has already expanded to include a number of returning characters from the films, including Daniel LaRusso’s high school girlfriend Ali Mills (Elizabeth Shue).

Daniel’s trip to Okinawa also saw the return of Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) and Chozen (Yuji Okumoto) from The Karate Kid Part II, and Part III villain Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffith) is heavily implied to be returning in season four. 

With each series running for roughly five hours across ten episodes, Netflix is already packed with more Karate Kid than the entirety of the original series. 

Even so, that’s still not nearly enough martial arts action for some hungry fans, who will undoubtedly hold the showrunner to his word with demands for even more Cobra Kai content.

Cobra Kai season 3 is available to stream on Netflix.

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