An animated version of “Fast & Furious” has been ordered at Netflix. The series is the first under an expansion of the company’s ongoing multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation Television.
In the series, 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.
“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.”
Tim Hedrick (Voltron) and Bret Haaland (All Hail King Julien) will serve as showrunners. They’ll also executive-produce, along with Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan.
The expansion builds upon a five year relationship that has seen 14 original series debut on Netflix, including “Trollhunters” from Guillermo del Toro, “Spirit Riding Free,” and “All Hail King Julien,” with an additional four series slated to debut on Netflix in 2018.
“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.”