‘Cobra Kai’ Season 3 on Netflix in January, Renewed for Season 4

Netflix will premiere the third season of “Cobra Kai” on Jan. 8, 2021, and has renewed the Karate Kid spinoff for a fourth season.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the series is a continuation of the “Karate Kid” franchise that takes place 35 years after the events of the All Valley Tournament from the original 1984 film, as the rivalry between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and bad boy Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) continues into the next generation with the students of their competing dojos.

Season Three finds everyone reeling in the aftermath of the violent high school brawl that has put Miguel (Xolo Maridueña) in the hospital. While Daniel searches for answers in his past and Johnny seeks redemption, Johnny’s former sensei, Kreese (Martin Cove), further manipulates his vulnerable students with his own vision of dominance according to the ruthless Cobra Kai philosophy.

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The cast also includes Tanner Buchanan, Mary Mouser, Jacob Bertrand and Courtney Henggeler.

The first two seasons, which originally premiered through YouTube’s SVOD service, are now available for streaming on Netflix and on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Pauly Shore’s ‘Guest House’ Most-Viewed New-Release Movie in U.S. Homes

Three new films appeared on the weekly “Watched at Home” chart for the week ended Sept. 12: Guest House at No. 7, Superman: Man of Tomorrow at No. 12, and The Karate Kid at No. 14.

Guest House, from Lionsgate, is a comedy starring Pauly Shore, best known for a string of 1990s comedies such as Encino Man and Jury Duty. Shore, the son of comedian Sammy Shore and The Comedy Store founder Mitzi Shore, plays a squatter who refuses to move from a guest house even after the property is sold to a newly engaged couple. The film was released through digital platforms and retailers on Sept. 4, ahead of its Nov. 10 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release date.

Superman: Man of Tomorrow, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, was released as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Sept. 8, two weeks after its digital release. It’s the 40th entry in the direct-to-video DC Universe series of superhero movies based on DC Comics characters, produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment. It details the early days of the Man of Steel’s shy alter ego, Clark Kent, in Metropolis.

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The Karate Kid is a 1984 martial arts drama starring Ralph Macchio Jr., who reprises his role as Daniel LaRusso in “Cobra Kai,” a Web series based on the movie and its sequels. Consumers were likely motivated to watch the movie by the recent surge in popularity of “Cobra Kai,” the first two seasons of which became available on Netflix on Aug. 28.

The political satire Irresistible, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, made the biggest jump on the “Watched at Home” chart, which tracks transactional video activity (both digital and on DVD and Blu-ray Disc) compiled from studio and retailer data through DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group.

Irresistible moved up to No. 10 after debuting at No. 19 the prior week in the wake of its Sept. 1 release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc (though its disc version hasn’t cracked the top 50 on VideoScan’s sales chart in either its two weeks on shelves). The film was written and directed by Jon Stewart and features a cast headed by Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Mackenzie Davis and Topher Grace. Carell portrays a campaign strategist who runs a Democratic mayoral candidate (Cooper) in a small right-wing town. A Focus Features production, Irresistible was rerouted from a May 2020 theatrical release by the coronavirus pandemic and instead debuted in June on premium VOD. It became available through regular digital channels on Aug. 18.

The top five remain relatively unchanged from the prior week  — and from the week before that. Paramount’s popular TV drama series “Yellowstone,” long a favorite among home viewers, again took the top three spots on the chart, though this week season three leapfrogged season two to take the No. 2 spot. Universal’s The King of Staten Island switched places with RLJ FIlms’ The Tax Collector to finish as No. 4 and No. 5, respectively.

  1. Yellowstone: Season 1 (Paramount)
  2. Yellowstone: Season 3 (Paramount)
  3. Yellowstone: Season 2 (Paramount)
  4. The King of Staten Island (Universal)
  5. The Tax Collector (RLJ Entertainment)
  6. Harry Potter Complete 8-Film Collection (Warner)
  7. Guest House (Lionsgate)
  8. Trolls World Tour (Universal/DreamWorks)
  9. 42 (Warner)
  10. Irresistible (2020, Universal)
  11. The Silencing (2020, Lionsgate)
  12. Superman: Man of Tomorrow (Warner)
  13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Warner)
  14. The Karate Kid (Sony)
  15. Rogue (Lionsgate)
  16. The Vanished (2020, Paramount)
  17. The Outpost (Screen Media)
  18. Scoob! (Warner)
  19. 1917 (Universal)
  20. Made In Italy  (IFC Films)

 

Source: DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group
Includes U.S. digital sales, digital rentals, and DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD sales for the week ended Sept. 12.

‘Cobra Kai’ Moving to Netflix

The Karate Kid sequel series “Cobra Kai” has found a new home in Netflix, which will present the third season of the digital original show. The first two seasons, which were presented in 2018 and 2019 by the YouTube Premium streaming service, also will be available on Netflix later this year.

The show, produced by Sony Pictures Television, is a continuation of the “Karate Kid” franchise that began in 1984 and spawned three sequels and a remake. The show is set 35 years after the All Valley Karate Tournament that saw Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) defeat Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka), and finds down-on-his-luck Johnny seeking redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. The raises the ire of Daniel, who now runs a successful car dealership but struggles to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of Mr. Miyagi.

Their conflict carries over into a new generation of students, including Daniel’s teenage daughter and Johnny’s estranged teenage son. Further complicating events is the return of Johnny’s former sensei, John Kreese (Martin Kove), who seeks to restore Cobra Kai to its former glory just as Johnny begins to regret the dojo’s ruthless legacy of victory at all costs.

“The appeal of the ‘Karate Kid’ saga is timeless, and ‘Cobra Kai’ picks up right where it left off without missing a beat. The rivalry between Daniel and Johnny is one for the ages, and the show has a ton of heart and is a lot of fun,” Brian Wright, VP of original series at Netflix, said in a statement. “We can’t wait to introduce a new generation of fans to Cobra Kai and are thrilled to be its new home around the world.”

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“Cobra Kai” is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg via their production company, Counterbalance Entertainment.

“Making Cobra Kai has been a dream come true for us since day one,” Heald, Hurwitz and Schlossberg said in a statement. “We are thankful for the tireless dedication of Jeff Frost, Chris Parnell, Jason Clodfelter, Karen Tatevosian, and all our partners at Sony for finding us a new home where we can not only continue the series, but also explore opportunities to further expand the ‘Karate Kid’ universe. We are beyond excited to join our new partners at Netflix and look forward to the show reaching the massive global audience who loves this franchise as much as we do.”

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The first two seasons of the show are also available on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

‘Stranger Things’ Remains Top Digital Original, Parrot Analytics Says

There were no changes to the top five on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals chart the week ended June 1, with “Stranger Things” remaining at No. 1 for the second consecutive week.

The third season of the Netflix science-fiction horror series, set in 1985, won’t debut until July 4, but the show shot to the top of the chart the prior week due to mounting hype – fueled by a clever marketing campaign that includes several real-world tie-ins, including the return of Coca-Cola’s ill-fated “New Coke,” introduced that year, and “Stranger Things”-inspired ice cream flavors at Baskin-Robbins.

Despite a subsequent 8.5% drop in Demand Expressions, “Stranger Things” retained its grip at No. 1, with 54.4 million Demand Expressions to 46.3 million for second-ranked “Lucifer,” based on a character from the DC Comics comic-book series “The Sandman.”

Demand for “Lucifer” was relatively unchanged from the prior week. The series stars Tom Ellis as Lucifer Morningstar, aka the devil, who moves to Los Angeles to run his own nightclub and serve as a consultant to the Los Angeles Police Department.

The DC Universe series “Doom Patrol” remained at No. 3 with 34.6 million Demand Expressions, a slight gain of less than 3% from the prior week, while another DC Universe series, “Titans,” repeated at No. 4 with 33 million expressions, just a half percentage point more than in the prior week.

YouTube Premium’s “Cobra Kai,” a sequel to the 1984 movie The Karate Kid, again came in at No. 5 on the digital originals chart despite a 4% drop in Demand Expressions to 31.2 million.

A “digital original” is a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video or Hulu.

Demand for Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” was up less than 6% from the prior week, but the bump was enough to send the dystopian drama to No. 6, up from No. 8 the prior week.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

‘Cobra Kai’ Paley Center Screening

To mark the 35th anniversary of The Karate Kid, the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles April 22 welcomed the cast and creative team of the YouTube Premium series “Cobra Kai” for a special screening and conversation in celebration of the April 24 season two premiere.

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Original ‘Karate Kid’ on 4K Blu-ray After Theatrical Re-release

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release 1984’s The Karate Kid on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray April 16 to commemorate the film’s 35th anniversary.

The Karate Kid stars Ralph Macchio as Daniel, a teenager who trains with a martial arts master Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) in order to defeat a gang of bullies at a local karate tournament. The cast also includes Elisabeth Shue, William Zabka and Martin Kove.

The film spawned three sequels, a remake and the sequel series “Cobra Kai,” which returns for a second season this spring on YouTube Premium. “Cobra Kai” stars Zabka, reprising his role as the bully Johnny from the original film, and Macchio, reprising his role as Daniel.

The 4K UHD disc in the combo pack will include the new retrospective featurette “Remembering The Karate Kid,” featuring new interviews with  Macchio, Zabka and Kove.

The combo pack will also include previously released bonus material such as a trivia track, audio commentary and several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

As part of the film’s 35th anniversary promotions, Fathom Events will screen The Karate Kid in theaters nationwide March 31 and April 2. The screenings will include a preview of season two of “Cobra Kai.” Tickets for the two-day-only Fathom screenings will be available beginning Feb. 15 at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.

Remastered in 4K from the original camera negative, the UHD Blu-ray includes a newly mixed Dolby Atmos audio track as well as the original stereo and 5.1 audio mixes.

YouTube Red Original Series ‘Cobra Kai’ Bowing Premiere Episodes With ‘The Karate Kid’ Theatrical Screening

The 1984 box office hit The Karate Kid will have a one-day theatrical screening April 25 in 700 theaters nationwide to promote upcoming YouTube Red Original series “Cobra Kai.”

The new series from Sony Pictures Television debuts at the Tribeca Film Festival April 24 and begins streaming May 2 on YouTube Red.

A commercial success, the original movie spawned a franchise of memorabilia, three sequels, a television series, and a 2010 remake featuring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

Ralph Macchio, who played young high schooler Daniel Russo in the original Karate Kid (along with the late Pat Morita and William Zabka), returns as a family man operating a string of car dealerships. His life become intertwined with high school adversary Johnny Lawrence (Zabka), who seeks redemption reopening the famous Cobra Kai karate dojo.

“A beloved American classic, The Karate Kid film continues to be one of the most searched entertainment properties on YouTube,” Susanne Daniels, global head of original content at YouTube, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to recreate the world inside the dojo in this exciting new YouTube Red Original Series, featuring iconic cast members from the original film.”

Tickets for “Cobra Kai: Premiere Feat. The Karate Kid” can be purchased beginning Friday, March 23, at www.FathomEvents.com or participating theater box offices.