The Fast and Furious franchise has made over $5.1 billion at the worldwide box office with their eight live-action films. Netflix realizes what an extraordinary entertainment property that the Fast & Furious movies are so they went ahead and ordered an animated TV series of the street car-racing action films.
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television reached a deal to make a Fast & Furious cartoon this week. Tim Hedrick who helped write DreamWorks’ Voltron Legendary Defender and Bret Haaland who produced All Hail King Julien and The Penguins of Madagascar will serve as showrunners and executive producers. Neal Mortiz, Chris Morgan, and Vin Diesel, who all were producers on the movie franchise, will be executive producers on the animated series.
The animated series will focus on Dom Toretto’s cousin Tony because family. The teen will follow in the footsteps of Diesel’s character and will be “recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination.”
“We are excited to extend and expand our successful relationship with Netflix by not only delivering more high-quality DreamWorks programming, but connecting fans of Universal films with fascinating new stories,” said Margie Cohn, president of DreamWorks Animation Television. “Our new home at Universal marks an exciting new chapter for storytelling at our studio, and Fast & Furious is only the beginning.”
“We are thrilled to take our fantastic partnership with DreamWorks Animation to the next level with new opportunities from the vast library of Universal Pictures,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of kids and family for Netflix. “The Fast & Furious franchise is a global phenomenon beloved by audiences of all ages, and we can’t wait to get started on the new animated series that will capture the action, heart, humor and global appeal of the feature films.”
Over the past five years, DreamWorks Animated Television has created 14 original series for Netflix. The next Fast & Furious film hits theaters in July 2019, followed by the ninth and tenth movies in April 2020 and April 2021.