Universal’s Fast and Furious franchise gets Netflix animated series

Universal Pictures’ Fast and Furious franchise is heading to Netflix with a new animated series.

The eight films in the Fast and Furious series have brought in more than $5billion worldwide to date and inspired numerous new avenues for the franchise including a live show.

The new animated series – currently in production – will follow a new character, Tony Toretto, who happens to be the teenage cousin of Dominic toretto, the character played by the franchise’s lead, Vin Diesel.

Recruited by the government to infiltrate an elite racing league, Tony and his friends are tasked with taking down the criminal organisation that uses the league as a front for its operations.

DreamWorks released promotional imagery from the series to accompany the announcement.

Fast and Furious franchise producers Diesel, Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan are executive producing the animated series.

“The Fast and 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,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of Kids and Family at Netflix.

There is no current timetable for development of the animated series, however the next movie to come out of the franchise will be the spin-off film Hobbs and Shaw, which will follow Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters from the recent sequels. The film will hit cinemas on July 26 next year.

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