‘Fast & Furious,’ the hugely popular adrenaline-filled action series with the gravity-defying vehicle stunts is set to become an animated series over at Netflix. The series is the first in an expansion of their ongoing multi-year deal with DreamWorks Animation for original animated kids and family programming.
The expansion builds upon a successful five year relationship that has seen 14 original series debut on the service, including DreamWorks ‘Trollhunters’ from Guillermo del Toro, DreamWorks ‘Spirit Riding Free’ and ‘All Hail King Julien,’ with an additional four series slated to debut on Netflix in 2018. Since 2013, DreamWorks series on Netflix have garnered 17 Emmy Awards, with an additional 21 nominations recently received from the 2018 Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards.
‘Fast & Furious’ will follow teenager Tony Toretto, cousin to Vin Diesel’s Dominic “Dom” Toretto, after 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.
Following Comcast-NBCUniversal’s acquisition of the animation studio, the relationship has been expanded to include a first look at DreamWorks Animation animated series based on Universal film properties. DreamWorks will also continue creating series based on original and acquired IP.
“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.”