Hurwitz, Heald and Schlossberg constructed and defined the Miyagi verse with Cobra Kai, but if not from them, it looks like Sony’s Spider-verse movies – the MCU without Kevin Feige. This makes the new film a total wild card. It doesn’t seem to be related to Cobra Kai anything.
This could be a sequel to Jackie and Jaden’s redux. Rumors have been swirling about this ever since the first movie was released, though there was never any confirmation from either actor. While this seems unlikely given the success of Cobra KaiFollow the money. The Karate Kid 2010 brought in a worldwide box office of $359 million, more than the first four films combined. Will Smith (Jaden’s dad as if you didn’t know) was the producer of The Karate Kid redux. He is also an executive producer for Cobra Kai. He is also listed as the producer of The Karate Kid 2 on IMDb, which is listed as “announced” at the time of this writing. Smith is attached to a dozen projects in various states of production, but those lists are sometimes dodgy on IMDb. Until the project comes to fruition, IMDb’s listings aren’t set in stone.
Nonetheless, IMDb states that the project has six writers: Jeremiah Friedman, Nick Palmer, Zak Penn, Ethan Reiff, Anthony Tambakis, and Cyrus Voris (Christopher Murphey wrote the original reboot). And two producers work alongside Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz. Lassiter and Stovitz produced the reboot alongside Smith, Jerry Weintraub and Jada Pinkett Smith. There is currently no cast list on IMDb, but it does include the following synopsis: “After the sudden death of Dre’s former Kung Fu instructor, Mr. Han, a young Kung Fu champion, Dr. Parker must learn The Dark Stepstones to become a good instructor and teach his former fellow enemies a little more than respect.
There is another problem. Jaden’s character, Dr. Parker, was 12 years old The Karate Kid. Today, Smith is 24, so he’s not a “kid” anymore. He could still play a teenager, but unlike Macchio, who convincingly played an 18-year-old Daniel when he was 27, Smith doesn’t have that eternal baby face.
Another possibility is that it could be something completely new, another redux with a completely new cast. Original film trilogy writer Robert Mark Kamen originally envisioned a completely different version of The Karate Kid Part III. He launched a prequel where Daniel and Mr. Miyagi went to 16e China of the century in a dream, but the producers shot him down. Kamen is credited in Cobra Kai as the character designer, and there’s a delicious Easter egg in the first episode of Season 4. Near the end of the episode, Terry Silver (Thomas Ian Griffth) breaks a bottle of Kamen Estates wine, the Kamen winery in Sonoma.
Beyond being a winemaker, Kamen is still an active screenwriter. His last film was angel fell in 2019 and he’s still delivered film and TV scripts almost every year since the Karate Kid trilogy. While it would be a stretch to go back for this story now since Morita died in 2005, maybe they could steal a page from Cobra Kaiand recast a young Miyagi similar to young Kreese (Barrett Carnahan) and young Silver aka Twig (Nick Marini).