Netflix announced today the Fast & Furious Animated Series, which stems from both Netflix's expansion of their deal with DreamWorks Animation for original animated kids and family programming, and Comcast-NBCUniversal's acquisition of the animated studio. Netflix's deal with DreamWorks Animation has been expanded to include DreamWorks Animation series' based on Universal Pictures' film properties, such as the lucrative Fast & Furious franchise. Take a look at the official synopsis for this Fast & Furious animated series below.
"Teenager Tony Toretto follows in the footsteps of his cousin Dom when he and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination. Tim Hedrick (DreamWorks' Voltron Legendary Defender) and Bret Haaland (All Hail King Julien) will serve as executive producers and showrunners. The series is also executive produced by Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan who also serve as producers on the live-action Fast & Furious franchise."
No casting has been announced at this time, and Netflix hasn't issued a production schedule or tentative release date for the series at this time. While Vin Diesel will be serving as an executive producer, there is no word yet on whether he will voice Dominic Toretto in this animated series. There is also no indication if other stars from the live-action Fast & Furious franchise will lend their voices to the show, but since it's clearly set in the same universe as the live-action franchise, it's certainly possible. Here's what Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family for Netflix, had to say in her statement.
"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. 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."
The development of this animated series comes as the live-action franchise starts winding down to a close. Production will begin this summer on a new Fast & Furious spin-off starring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw, which has been slated for release on July 26, 2019. Universal will then release Fast & Furious 9 on April 10, 2020, with the franchise coming to a close with Fast & Furious 10 on April 2, 2021. Here's what Margie Cohn, President of DreamWorks Animation Television, had to say in her statement.
"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. Our new home at Universal marks an exciting new chapter for storytelling at our studio, and Fast & Furious is only the beginning."
The eight films in the Fast & Furious franchise thus far, including last year's The Fate of the Furious, have grossed a combined $5 billion at the worldwide box office, becoming Universal's highest-grossing and longest-running franchise. The franchise also boasts the biggest fan following of any active movie franchise on social media platforms. Hopefully we'll hear more from Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television about this Fast & Furious animated series very soon.