There really is no stopping the Fast & Furious franchise, with plans now afoot for a spin-off series focusing on the cousin of Vin Diesel’s character Dominic Toretto.
A 10th Fast & Furious film is already on the cards along with another spin-off focusing on Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and adversary-turned-ally Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham.
But that’s not enough, apparently, with Netflix now developing a show set in the same universe, albeit with one major twist: it’s going to be animated.
According to Variety, the new series is being put together by DreamWorks Animation Television, suggesting it will boast some pretty impressive production values, albeit for an animated show.
The series will focus on the exploits of teenager Tony Toretto, Dom’s cousin, who follows in his footsteps after being recruited by a super-secret government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league as an undercover double agent.
As it turns out, the league is actually an elaborate front for a dodgy criminal empire with ambitions of taking over the world. Or something like that.
“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, humour and global appeal of the feature films.”
That all sounds like fun. Any chance they could get Tyrese Gibson involved? He’s at a bit of a loose end after The Rock’s spin-off plans delayed Fast & Furious 9 by a whole year.
Mind you, that extra year could come in handy if the rumours are true and the film ends up taking the action into space…
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