– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I’ve often looked at those Fast & Furious movie and thought to myself, “What’s up with all these people? Can’t we create a version of this that isn’t live-action?” The TV gods were apparently looking down at me whenever I thought that because Netflix has just handed out a straight-to-series order for an animated show based on the franchise. That’s right. An ANIMATED show.

The news comes from THR, and it looks like this big project is the first to come out of a first-look deal that gives Netflix the first crack at DreamWorks Animation shows based on Universal movie properties. Yes, it’s a highly specific deal — and it’s an expansion of one that’s given it projects like Trollhunters and All Hail King Julien — but it looks like it’s paid off.

“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 and the 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.”

So what will the show be about? Will it follow the Fast crew that we’ve grown to know? It doesn’t look like it. According to the report, it will follow Dom’s teen cousin Tony Toretto, who, along with his friends, is recruited by a government agency to infiltrate a racing league that serves as a front for an organization hell-bent on world domination, for some reason. Sounds like a typical Fast & Furious day, so it makes sense that’ it’s animated.

The series is executive produced by Vin Diesel, Neal Moritz, and Chris Morgan.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.