Netflix has announced it’s developing a cartoon spin-off
show for Universal’s explosive Fast and Furious film franchise. While the
streaming service features plenty of original content already, this is one for both
car enthusiasts and Fast and Furious fans alike to watch out for.
However, the upcoming animated series won’t follow the
adventures of Dominic Toretto and his crew. Instead, the unnamed cartoon series
centres on Tony Toretto, Dom's teenage cousin, as he follows in the elder
The animated Fast and Furious series will see Tony and his
friends recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league –
serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination.
The below screenshot offers our first look at the Fast and Furious
animated series, which shows the street racing aspect of the blockbuster film
franchise is to be well-represented.
The new animated series is part of an expanded agreement
between Netflix and Dreamworks Animation. This partnership has already seen 14
original shows produced on the streaming service like Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters,
with the unnamed Fast and Furious spin-off expected to join it in 2019.
“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 at Netflix. “The Fast and 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, humour and global appeal
of the feature films.”
Whilst an exact premiere date has yet to be announced, Netflix’s
own website lists it as coming in 2019 – which would put it out a year before
Fast and Furious 9 arrives in April 2020. It will be followed be tenth film in
the series to conclude the franchise – which is currently slated for April 2021.
In addition, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Jason Statham
will feature in a spin-off starring their Fast and Furious characters, Hobbs
and Shaw. It’ll debut in theatres in July 2019.
The Fast and Furious franchise has continued to expand and grow
since its debut in 2001, transforming from the street-racing, tuner and car
culture scene to be an all-out action-packed blockbuster. The latest entry in
the series, The Fate of The Furious, starred Charlize Theron as the lead villain
Cipher, and released in theatres in April 2017.
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