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Fast & Furious to get an animated twist on Netflix

Thursday, May 3rd 2018 by Oprah Flash

Have you and your kids got a need for speed? Well buckle up, because Netflix has teamed up with DreamwWorks Animation to create a new animated version of the Fast & Furious series.

Whether you love him or hate him you’ll have encountered Dom, one of the main characters, at some point in the last decade. The animated series will be centred around his cousin, Tony Toretto, a teenager who gets recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a notorious crime gang.

Vin Diesel, who plays Dom Toretto in the live-action movies, is on the board of executive producers for the animated series, along with Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan, Tim Hedrick and Bret Haaland.

Melissa Cobb, vice president of Netflix Kids and Family, said: “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.”

“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.”

'Capture the action'

Made up of eight films so far, the Fast & Furious series has become Universal Pictures’ most-profitable and longest-running franchise.

Although some of DreamWorks Animations’ series already appear on Netflix (DreamWorks Trollhunters from Guillermo del Toro and DreamWorks Spirit Riding Free), The animated Fast & Furious series marks Netflix’s first Original Kids and Family production in collaboration with DreamWorks Animation.

Margie Cohn, President of DreamWorks Animation Television, said: “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.

The animated series to targeted towards a younger audience but that doesn’t mean that you’ll miss out. The Fast & Furious series is the gift that keeps on giving and we can expect to see the next movie in cinemas in July 2019, with the following chapters set to be released in April 2020 and April 2021.

We don’t have a release date for the animated series yet, but Netflix offers a free 30-day trial so you can try before you buy. If you do decide to buy, it’s £5.99 a month for the basic subscription.

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