Cobra Kai is picked up by Netflix, as YouTube is off the scripted fare.
Sajid Ali -
The classic online video portal and exhibitor YouTube ventured into scripted shows on its platform starting 2016, but at present, it has completely bid goodbye to the YouTube Originals. Since the news hit the market-leading streaming platforms have been hustling to grab the best of the lot. With YouTube now officially out of the scripted space, Netflix has acquired the first three seasons of the stupendous Karate Kid sequel, Cobra Kai starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka.
The first two seasons premiered on YouTube Originals in 2018 and 2019 respectively. The first two seasons will make their debut on Netflix later this year and the third season of the drama series from Sony Pictures Television will move to Netflix. With this move its official that YouTube is out of the scripted business.
Cobra Kai is the third YouTube scripted original to find a new home. The other two are Lionsgate produced Step Up and Showtime picked up Sony Pictures produced On Becoming a God in Central Florida.
Sony did a fair amount of shopping before Cobra Kai landed at Netflix. Once the new kicked in that YouTube has no plans to pursue the fourth season and are shifting to an unscripted fare, Sony took the series out and drew attention from the likes of Hulu (Disney). Unfortunately, other outlets weren’t interested and were unsure on when the production might resume for the new season owing to the novel coronavirus pandemic. In another news, Sony has sold Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union starrer LA’s Finest to Fox.
Cobra Kai stars Macchio and Zabka reprising their beloved roles as Daniel and Johnny, respectively, is created by executive producers Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg.
Jeff Frost, Sony TV President said in an interview, "We are so proud of Cobra Kai and are overwhelmed by the massive fan response to the series. Josh, Jon, Hayden, Ralph, William and the entire cast have done such a brilliant job with this sensational series and the huge audience reaction and sentiment for it is a testament to that. We are very thankful to our partners at Netflix and couldn’t be more elated that they have become the new home for this epic saga.”
Cobra Kai was an instant hit when the first season’s pilot premiered on YouTube, which garnered 20 million views in less than a week, prompting a quick renewal of the second season. The makers of Cobra Kai are very excited to explore the opportunities to further expand The Karate Kid universe, with Netflix on board.
Soon the subscribers of the streaming giant Netflix will get to binge the first two seasons of Cobra Kai which will be available later this year.