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24th Apr 2018

The Fast & Furious franchise is getting a Netflix spin-off TV series

Dave Hanratty

Keeping the family theme alive, the show will focus on Dominic Toretto’s cousin.

There really is no stopping the Fast & Furious franchise, which is quite fine, honestly.

Can you name another series that only gets really good five films in?

One that manages to switch up the original premise of being a Point Break knock-off that focused on thieves who preferred cars to surfing, and stealing combo TV/VCRs over robbing banks?

Seriously, name a collection of films that not only recognises precisely how stupid and over the top it is, but actually makes that a key focus of what passes for a plot.

I bet you can’t, and if you can, I doubt The Rock and Jason Statham are involved.

Speaking of, those two are set to team up for the first official spin-off movie of the series – with the plan still being to finish the main storyline(s) at 10 films total – so there’s really no sign of this thing slowing down any time soon.

As such, we meet the news that an animated Fast & Furious show is in development for Netflix with a tough-guy nod and a raised bottle of adequate Mexican beer.

Variety reports that the new series will be overseen by DreamWorks Animation Television and will tell the tale of teenager Tony Toretto as he follows in the footsteps of cousin Dom when he and his buddies are recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league.

The elite racing league, you see, is actually a front for a dodgy crime organisation with world domination in its sights.

We mentioned that this franchise is utterly bonkers, right?

“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.”

And the family stuff. Don’t forget the family stuff, Melissa.

So remember, it doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile, or if it’s animated or live action – winning’s winning.