Following a significant delay in its initial Season 3 release schedule, fans of martial arts series Cobra Kai will likely sound a sigh of relief over news that the show has found a new home. Per Variety, the spinoff will be leaving its former home on YouTube and will instead be hosted on Netflix, a significant acquisition for the industry leader. Given that 1984's Karate Kid, the story that introduced audiences to plucky teen Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and wise Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), hit theaters on June 22 nearly four decades ago, it seems that audiences around the world are still hungry for more of their favorite characters from the saga.
Despite an extremely strong showing on YouTube — the pilot episode of Cobra Kai, "Ace Degenerate," has accrued over 86 million views over the course of just two years — Netflix is eager to take over the reins of the continuing Karate Kid canon. Netflix executive Brian Wright made his company's interest in the retro-inspired action-comedy series plain in a public statement regarding the recent acquisition.
"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. 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."