The Fast and the Furious franchise is known now for being an over the top, goofy action series that’s best described as a Saturday morning cartoon. Well, looks like the good folks at Netflix saw that comparison and decided to make it a reality as the streaming platform has just ordered a Fast and Furious animated spin off series with their new partners.
The plot sounds just as ridiculous as the films. We’ll get introduced to a new team this time around, led by teenager Tony Torretto who is the cousin to Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. The series will follow this new team as they get recruited into the government to run a covert operation involving a street racing team hell bent on ruling the world. Yup – it can’t get any sillier than this and fits right in with the franchise as of late.
The series will be produced by long time Furious collaborators Chris Morgan, Vin Diesel and Neal Mortiz and will be executive produced by Tim Hedrick and Bret Haaland, best known for Voltron Legendary Defender and All Hail King Julian, respectively.
While there’s no casting news as of yet, there’s a good chance Vin Diesel will at least cameo as Dom in one episode, considering the plot involves his character’s cousin and that he’s serving as a producer on the show. The show comes part of a deal Netflix has with Universal, the studio behind the Furious franchise. In short, DreamWorks Animation is adapting Universal properties into animated shows and Netflix gets distribution and partnership with DreamWorks.
DreamWorks Animation Television President Margie Cohn had this to say about the upcoming series:
“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.”
Melissa Cobb, the Vice President for Netflix Kids and Family, had this to say about the show as well: “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.”
Considering the Furious film are targeted towards a PG-13 audience and feature violence, swearing and some sexuality, it’s pretty surprising to not only see that the franchise is going animated, but that the kids and family section of Netflix seems to be the branch it’ll fall into. Perhaps this really will be a Saturday morning cartoon for kids.
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