Netflix should be jumping at the chance to renew Cobra Kai for a sixth and, possibly, even seventh season. But, it appears that negotiations between Netflix and Sony suggest that it's not a sure thing yet.
Deadline recently had a chance to sit down with the show's creators, Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz, and Hayden Schlossberg, to talk more about the success of the unlikely hit sequel to the original Karate Kid films. On the topic of a sixth season, Hurwitz confirmed that the streaming giant hasn't officially given it the greenlight.
Specifically, Hurwitz explained that there might be "a little bit more of a wait potentially". But, don't worry - the delay isn't due to any issue. Rather, the creators are currently involved in another Netflix-Sony venture, Obliterated. Not to mention, they're also working on the Ferris Bueller spin-off, Sam and Victor's Day Off.
It looks like the "early" arrival of Cobra Kai Season 5 came with a price. After debuting the previous seasons on a December, the fifth season of the show arrived recently. Then, after Heald teased that they're already planning for future seasons, fans expected the next season to arrive even sooner. But, it appears that this was all wishful thinking.
The good news is that it's highly unlikely that Netflix will cancel such a successful show as Cobra Kai Season 4 and Season 5 enjoyed excellent Rotten Tomatoes scores. If nothing else, Season 6 will likely be "delayed" to December 2023, which isn't a long wait at all. Hopefully, before then, Netflix and Sony will have shaken hands on potential spin-offs to Cobra Kai.
In the meantime, Karate Kid fans can look forward to watching Sony's second Karate Kid reboot on June 7, 2024. Even though it's not connected to Cobra Kai in any way, Sony has done a mighty fine job with the Karate Kid franchise. We wouldn't be surprised if it ends up being another hit for the studio.