YouTube Global Head of Original Content Susanne Daniels told /Film that Ralph Macchio and William Zabka will reprise their rival roles as Daniel Larusso and Johnny Lawrence from the original movie. The series comes from Harold and Kumar franchise creators Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg, and Hot Tub Time Machine writer Josh Heald, but Daniels insists that Cobra Kai is not a straight comedy.
“It is a half an hour format but I would call it a dramedy. I think it leans into the tone of the movies in that there are dramatic moments throughout. I think it’s very faithful really in some ways to what the movie set about doing, the lessons imparted in the movie if you will. It’s next generation Karate Kid.