Apple has given the green light for a live-action speed racer series for Apple TV+, both Variety and Deadline are reporting† JJ Abrams is set to executive produce the show, and it will be made under his direction bad robot production company, the outlets claim. While the show hasn’t been officially announced yet, the dual firsts are a reliable indicator that something is definitely happening with classic anime ownership. The new series is co-written by Ron Fitzgerald (Westworld, Friday Night Lights† and Hiram Martinez (Snowpiercer, Get Shorty), who have both worked on genre shows before.
Sure, it’ll be hard to top the cinematic genius of the Wachowski’s 2008 adaptation of speed racer (seriously, the world just wasn’t ready), but the series premise is ripe for another live-action spin. The new series reportedly harks back to the original 1969 manga (released as Mach GoGogo)† The franchise centers on a veteran driver named Speed Racer, his family/racing team (which for some reason has a pet chimpanzee) and his souped-up car, the Mach 5. There have been several animated reboots of the show already been to America. , but it will be interesting to see how another team brings speed racer in the live action arena.
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