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Ralph Macchio Returns for Karate Kid Sequel Series on Youtube

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Ralph Macchio Returns for Karate Kid Sequel Series on Youtube

More than three decades after the release of The Karate Kid, a proper TV series is happening with the stars of the original 80s classic. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are both set to star as Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence respectively in a Karate Kid TV series on YouTube Red, which has already been given a 10-episode order, titled Cobra Kai. The most surprising part? The show is being described as a half-hour comedy.

The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter who reveal that there was a very competitive situation going on for The Karate Kid comedy series, with offers coming in from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and AMC before finally landing on YouTube Red. The series is going to embrace the original movies and will follow the same timeline, but with Daniel and Johnny both operating rival gyms. Here’s how THR describes the series.

“The series, set to bow in 2018, is set 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and revolves around a down and out Johnny who, seeking redemption, reopens the infamous Cobra Kai dojo. It reignites his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his mentor, Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita). The half-hour comedy follows the duo addressing demons from their past and present frustrations, through (what else?) karate.”

Cobra Kai will be written by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine) as well as duo Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (Harold and Kumar), who are also set to executive produce the series alongside Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. Hurwitz and Schlossberg are set to direct much of the series themselves. Will Smith’s company Overlook Entertainment will executive produce the series for YouTube Red. Here’s what Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg had to say about the series in a joint statement.

“Like everyone who grew up in the 1980s, the three of us are enormous fans of The Karate Kid. Cobra Kai​ will be a true continuation of the original films, packed with comedy, heart and thrilling fight scenes. We can’t wait to reignite the LaRusso-Lawrence rivalry, and we’re thankful to our partners at YouTube Red, Sony Pictures Television and Overbrook for their shared enthusiasm in making our dream project a reality.”

The Karate Kid is considered one of the seminal movies of the 1980s and has remained popular in the years since its release. There were two proper sequels with The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid Part III, as well as a sequel that didn’t feature Ralph Macchio or William Zabka, The Next Karate Kid, which starred Hilary Swank in the lead role. There was also a reboot in 2010 with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan.

All of The Karate Kid movies have made a grand total of $619 million worldwide. YouTube Red had not set a specific premiere date for Cobra Kai yet, but it is set to debut on their streaming service next year. We will be sure to keep you up to date as more details on the series are made available.

Via: Movie Web

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Andrew Kevin Walker to Script Lone Wolf and Cub Movie

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Se7en’s Andrew Kevin Walker to script Lone Wolf and Cub movie

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Paramount Pictures has landed long-in-development and long-running Japanese manga Lone Wolf and Cub, with the studio having now enlisted Se7en scribe Andrew Kevin Walker to pen the script.

Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Star Trek Beyond) has been attached to the project since 2012 and is set to produce the film while also eyeing to direct the adaptation.

Described as an epic samurai adventure, Lone Wolf and Cub was first published in 1970 from writer Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima. The series ran for six years with 28 volumes of content and over 7,000 pages. The series follows Itto Ogami, the Shogun’s executioneer, who finds himself on an unending quest for revenge after his family is murdered, leaving only his infant son alive. The series follows their adventures as a father and son team and as the young Daigoro grows up they became a pair of assassins.

Lone Wolf and Cub was previously adapted into six feature films starring Tomisaburo Wakayama as Itto Ogami in the early to mid 1970s. Various other TV adaptations of the series have been created over the years as well, including a series running from 1973 to 1976 and one from 2002 to 2004.

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EA Closes Visceral Games, Star Wars Game to be Reworked

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EA closing Visceral Games, Star Wars game to be reworked

EA has announced today they will be closing down their Visceral Games studio, the creators of the Dead Space series, Battlefield Hardline, and several licensed titles ranging from James Bond to The Godfather. The studio was currently in development on an untitled Star Wars video game with Amy Hennig (Uncharted series) directing the title. As a result of the studio shuttering, however, the game will be retooled by a different development team moving forward.

“In its current form, it was shaping up to be a story-based, linear adventure game,” Patrick Söderlund, Executive Vice President of Electronic Arts wrote in a blog post. “Throughout the development process, we have been testing the game concept with players, listening to the feedback about what and how they want to play, and closely tracking fundamental shifts in the marketplace. It has become clear that to deliver an experience that players will want to come back to and enjoy for a long time to come, we needed to pivot the design. We will maintain the stunning visuals, authenticity in the Star Wars universe, and focus on bringing a Star Wars story to life. Importantly, we are shifting the game to be a broader experience that allows for more variety and player agency, leaning into the capabilities of our Frostbite engine and reimagining central elements of the game to give players a Star Wars adventure of greater depth and breadth to explore.”

The game was previously announced back in 2014 and was set for a to-be-announced 2019 release date, but the changes in development will result in a new time frame for the title, which will be announced later. Moving forward, a development team made up of members from across EA Worldwide Studios will continue working on the game and will be led by a team from EA Vancouver that has already been working on the project.

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