Move over Hamilton, there’s a new Broadway musical coming and it’s going to crane kick its competition. Producers the Kinoshita Group, Kumiko Yoshii, and Michael Wolk have announced that The Karate Kid is in development, based on the 1984 film.
The film’s screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen is writing the story, with Drew Gasparini writing music and lyrics. The Karate Kids reentered the pop-culture sphere in recent years thanks to the popularity of the YouTube original series Cobra Kai, a sequel of sorts to the 1984 film which also features actors Ralph Macchio (Daniel LaRusso) and Billy Zabka (Johnny Lawrence).
The Karate Kid will be directed by Japanese director Amon Miyamoto and choreographed by MTV VMA nominees Keone and Mari Madrid, Deadline reports.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think this little movie would reach across generations the way it has,” Robert Mark Kamen said in a statement. “And beyond my wildest dreams did I think what started out as a love letter to my devotion to Okinawan Karate and the man who taught me would become a full-blown Broadway musical. But here it is. Here I am. And here is hoping that what comes to the stage brings the same joy and relevance The Karate Kid has brought to countless kids and their parents for the past 35 years.”
The classic 1984 film starring Macchio, Noriyuki “Pat” Morita, and Elisabeth Shue spawned four sequels, an animated series, a video game, and the Cobra Kai series.