AceShowbiz - The "Fast and Furious" franchise is getting an animated TV series treatment. Netflix has given the upcoming project a series order, making it the first series in an expansion of an ongoing multi-year deal between Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television for original animated kids and family programming. Both companies announced the new series on Monday, April 23.
"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," Melissa Cobb, Netflix's VP of Kids and Family, said. "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."
President of DreamWorks Animation Television Margie Cohn added, "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 new animated series will be made in the form of episodic storytelling. In addition, the new series is set to introduce new characters that have never been seen in the movie universe.
The new series, which is aimed at younger demo, will follow teenager Tony Toretto, the little cousin to Dominic "Dom" Toretto, a character made known by Vin Diesel in the movie series. Tony and his friends are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate a racing league that is secretly controlled by a nefarious crime organization.
Tim Hendrick ("Voltron Legendary Defender") and Bret Haaland ("All Hail King Julien") are serving as executive producers. Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan, who are all executive producing the mega-hit movie series, are also onboard to produce the upcoming cartoon.
The "Fast and Furious" animated series hasn't gotten official premiere date.