DreamWorks and Netflix extend partnership, announce Fast & Furious cartoon
Once again flexing that Comcast synergy, DreamWorks Animation Television has announced a Fast & Furious animated series for Netflix. Due out in 2019, the show will be the first in an expanded partnership between DreamWorks and Netflix that grants the streaming service first look at the company’s animated series based on Universal film properties.
The plot synopsis for Fast & Furious reads:
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.
Tim Hedrick (DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender) and Bret Haaland (All Hail King Julien) will serve as executive producers and showrunners. They’ll be joined in the executive producer roles by Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan, producers on the live-action movies.
“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, Netflix’s VP 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, humour and global appeal of the feature films.”
“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.”
The renewed partnership certainly isn’t an exclusive one, however. DreamWorks recently announced it was producing a new Where’s Waldo series for their sister company Universal Kids, as well as new Rocky & Bullwinkle and Kung Fu Panda shows for Amazon Prime. Netflix and DreamWorks originally partnered up in 2013 and have launched 14 original series, with more due out this year.
The live action Fast & Furious films debuted in 2001. The ever escalating adventures have become Universal’s highest grossing film franchise, with more than $5 billion grossed at the worldwide box office. The next film in the Fast & Furious franchise hits theatres in July 2019, while chapters 9 and 10 arrive in April 2020 and April 2021.