The Fast & Furious franchise is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon.
To say that Universal is capitalizing on the monumental success of the Fast & Furious franchise is an understatement. Two main sequels are already in the pipeline, with Fast & Furious 9 slated for release in April 2020 and a tenth installment to follow sometime after. To give Fast & Furious fans their fix while they wait for the ninth film, a spin-off movie starring Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham is racing into theaters next year in July, and there’s even a Fast & Furious live show currently touring in arenas around the world.
And now Netflix has announced it will be airing a Fast & Furious animated series in the near future. The series will be produced by DreamWorks Animation and will star teenager Tony Toretto, who happens to be Dominic Toretto’s cousin because anything related to Fast & Furious needs to have a forced family theme. The central plot will revolve around Toretto and his friends being recruited by a government agency to “infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination.” Vin Diesel will also act as executive producer alongside Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan, who produced the live-action films.
“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. “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.” Judging from the teaser image that’s been released, the series will feature 3D animation instead of traditional cel animation. The cars also appear to be unlicensed – the car on the right is clearly inspired by a classic Dodge Challenger but has a different grille.
To be frank, the stunts in the more recent Fast & Furious films have become so over the top they look like they belong in a cartoon, so an animated series seems like the next logical step for the franchise. Without the restrictions and safety risks of real life stunts, the automotive action will no doubt be even more ludicrous.