The Fast and Furious Franchises Next Act Is an . . . Animated Series?
Dominic Toretto might live his life a quarter-mile at a time, but even for him, this ones got to be a pretty big surprise: the Fast and Furious franchise will apparently continue in animated Netflix series form.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has given the project—which, it bears repeating, is an animated adaptation of Vin Diesels action/street-racing franchise—a straight-to-series order as part of a newly expanded deal that gives Netflix first-look rights to turn Universal film properties into DreamWorks Animation adaptations. (It was this deal, T.H.R. notes, that previously brought Guillermo del TorosTrollhunters, among other series, to Netflix.) Vin Diesel and his fellow Fast film producers Neal Moritz and Chris Morgan will executive produce the Netflix series. And if youre wondering what the hell a Fast & Furious Netflix cartoon would even look like, we already have some answers.
The Fast and the Furious animated series will focus on Dom Torettos cousin Tony, because one cant expect Vin Diesel to do everything himself. Thankfully for Fast fans, the same Toretto blood runs through Tonys veins, which would make him about 94 percent gasoline and 6 percent . . . some other liquid that goes into cars. But not brake fluid, because Tony definitely prefers the gas pedal. Tony and his friends, T.H.R. reports, get “recruited by a government agency to infiltrate an elite racing league serving as a front for a nefarious crime organization bent on world domination.”
The live-action Fast franchise is already a veritable universe all its own, with eight feature films down and two more coming in 2020 and 2021. In 2016, it seemed there was a rift at the center of this happy family when Dwayne Johnson, who has played Luke Hobbs since Fast Five, started the “candy-ass” beef heard round the world. And then there was Tyrese Gibson, who started beefing with Johnson over saying anything to begin with. Earlier this month, Johnson also called out cast members who complained about his upcoming spin-off with fellow Fast player Jason Statham,Hobbs and Shaw. If this latest news shows us anything, however, its that this franchise was built to withstand just about anything—and that its gravitational pull will likely keep its cast, viewers, and streaming giants alike coming back for more.
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Back in 2010, Adam Sandler was so grateful that his dad comedy Grown Ups became a box-office success that he gifted his co-stars Chris Rock, David Spade, Rob Schneider, and Kevin James with $200,000 Maseratis.Photo: From Columbia Pictures/Everett Collection.
Sometimes a wrap gift can be extended for a special work occasion, like the time Chris Rock tapped Tina Fey and Louis C.K. to help him rewrite a movie. After they were done, he sent them both custom Rolex watches with a special message engraved: “Thanks, motherfucker.”Photo: By E. Charbonneau/WireImage.
While making X-Men: Origins, Hugh Jackman went fully nude for one of Wolverines escape scenes. The most revealing shots were carefully cut out of the film. But at wrap time, director Gavin Hood presented Jackman with something special: “a bag which had all the film cut off with my dick in it,” Jackman revealed in an interview. “I got frames of film, and I am looking, going, O.K., hello! ”Photo: From 20th Century Fox/Everett Collection.
Oprah is probably the most iconic gift-giver of her generation. She lived up to her expectation while on set for Ava DuVernays A Wrinkle in Time, giving the whole cast and crew—which included stars like Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon—$400 Juicero juicers.Photo: By Michael Kovac/Getty Images.
If youre making a movie about booze, the wrap gift might as well fit the theme. In 2013, director Joe Swanberg gifted the cast and crew of Drinking Buddies beer he brewed at home with stars Olivia Wilde and Jake Johnson.Photo: From Magnolia Pictures/Everett Collection.
Director Steven Spielberg adored the cast of his romantic drama Always so much that once the movie wrapped, he gave them all (including Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman) fresh Mazda Miatas.Photo: From United Artists/Everett Collection.
While remembering the late Nora Ephron in an essay for Time, Tom Hanks revealed a charming little fact about the famous director of films like Sleepless in Seattle. She loved giving trees as wrap gifts, particularly fruit trees. “Rita [Wilson] and I chose orange,” Hanks wrote. “And the fruit has been lovely, sweet and abundant, just as Nora promised—a constant and perfect reminder of the woman we loved so much.”Photo: From Warner Bros/Everett Collection.PreviousNext
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