Watch The Trailer For New 'The Karate Kid' TV Sequel

It's been 30 years since Daniel and Johnny faced off in The Karate Kid, but now the pair are returning to the dojo in a TV sequel for YouTube Red and we've just been given our first teaser of what's to come.

Original stars Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are reprising their roles after three decades, featuring in a 10-episode, straight-to-series show for the Netflix-rival subscription service.

Taking place more than 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Cobra Kai revolves around a downtrodden Johnny, who, in hope of redemption, reopens the infamous dojo.

"We are not trained to be merciful here. Mercy is for the weak," Johnny tells his students in the trailer.

Credit: YouTube Red
Credit: YouTube Red

This rekindles his rivalry with a now-successful Daniel, who has been struggling to maintain balance in his life without the guidance of his former mentor, Mr. Miyagi (the late Pat Morita).

Will Smith, whose son, Jaden Smith, starred in the 2010 Karate Kid remake, will executive produce the series alongside brother-in-law Caleeb Pinkett.

YouTube Red has not yet announced a release date for the upcoming series, but we do know that it will be sometime this year.

Credit: YouTube Red
Credit: YouTube Red

However, if you want to catch up with the action you'll need to get yourself an account with YouTube Red to do so.

But what exactly is YouTube Red anyway?

Well, Matt Raub, director of content at Smosh Games, explained to Polygon in October 2017 that YouTube Red helps differentiate between the regular, everyday content on YouTube and more polished shows that could compete with the likes of Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime.

"You've got your YouTube where everyone can be a creator and you're just a person with a cellphone, sitting in a bedroom, making a video, while other creators are working on projects where someone is dropping hundreds of thousands of dollars on someone making a professional TV show.

"So, YouTube Red kind of draws a line. "

CEO Susan Wojcicki told Recode's Kara Swisher during CodeCon that YouTube Red is aiming to compete with the streaming services currently dominating the industry.

"Our goal is to be a large, leading video platform and have a large diverse set of content," Wojcicki said.

"This year, you'll see Red expand into many more countries," she added. "We're only in five countries right now. Now that we've finished all of our music deals we're actually going to be expanding to a much larger number of countries."

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