Fresh off the backs of Cobra Kai season 5, Sony announced today that a new Karate Kid film is in the works at Columbia Studios. The movie is set to be released in 2024. It is not confirmed if Cobra Kai writers Jon Hurwitz and Josh Heald are involved.
Karate Kid: A New Movie, New Horizon
The movie was leaked back in August by Murphy’s Multiverse. According to them, the movie will be centered around a teenager in Beijing named Li. He is said to bee small for his age but “tough, smart and scrappy.” He is a skilled fighter and he and his mother move to Brooklyn and meets a high school student Mia, and her father Victor, at a pizza restaurant.
According to Sony, the film will signify a “return of the original ‘Karate Kid’ franchise.” This means it will likely tie in to Cobra Kai somehow. The writers of the show have dubbed the series a part of the “Miyagiverse,” a nod to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If this is truly a return to the original franchise, that means the new movie will be canon alongside Cobra Kai, The Karate Kid one through three and The Next Karate Kid. One will notice that Karate Kid (2010) starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith is notably absent.
Not much else was announced about the new Karate Kid movie. But one thing is for sure, if it’s the quality of Cobra Kai on a big screen budget, we are in for a renaissance of The Karate Kid. I don’t have hopes that we will see Danny LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence in the movie, however. If the movie takes place in Brooklyn, that means Miyagi-Fang and company are across the country in California. But a national karate tournament isn’t out the question. Miguel vs. Li, anyone?