YouTube Red is making a TV sequel to your favorite 80s movie

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Have you ever wondered what became of Daniel LaRusso, that scrawny-but-determined New Jersey kid who famously won the All Valley Karate Tournament way back in 1984? 

You're about to find out, thanks to YouTube Red.

The streaming service announced Friday that its next show is "Cobra Kai," a sequel to the hit 1980s classic Karate Kid, according to The Hollywood Reporter

It's set to debut in 2018 with 10 half-hour episodes.

THR says the new series takes place 30 years later, when the bad kid from the original film, Johnny Lawrence, reopens the Cobra Kai dojo, which "reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel." 

But, like most of us, the two aren't exactly the same people they were when they were teenagers. 

It seems Johnny is now "down-and-out" and seeking "redemption," while Daniel "has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi," a Variety article notes.

Both Ralph Macchio (Daniel) and William Zabka (Johnny) will be reprising their roles.

There's no word yet on whether any other original cast members (like Elizabeth Shue, who played Daniel's love interest in the first Karate Kid) are returning.

Pat Morita, who was Oscar-nominated for playing Mr. Miyagi, died in 2005. 

Who's making it?

The team behind the series might seem unlikely, considering their background. 

Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, who are responsible for such wacky comedies as “Hot Tub Time Machine” and “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle,” have been announced as the writers and executive producers.

Their comic credentials will likely have an influence on the feel of the show, with Variety saying the team will "add a fresh, new comedic twist" to the story. 

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