Hot on the heels of House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey, video streaming service Netflix and DreamWorks Animation will be teaming up to create the first ever Netflix original series for kids based on the upcoming DreamWorks’movie, Turbo.
The small screen adaptation will be reportedly centered on a snail who has dreams of competing in a professional race. The series called Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team), picks up where the film leaves off and will debut exclusively on Netflix in December.
According to the release, the franchise follows an ‘ordinary snail’ that, following a freak accident, is given the power of super-speed.
The movie stars some big names, including Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzman, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith and Snoop Lion.
Check out the teaser trailer for Turbo, which opens in 3D on July 17th, 2013.
Here’s the press release:
Netflix And DreamWorks Animation Launch First Ever Netflix Original Series for Kids
DreamWorks Animation’s Summer 2013 Film Turbo
Speeds onto the Streaming Service
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Feb. 12, 2013 – Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced they will create the first ever Netflix Original Series for kids. Based on the highly-anticipated DreamWorks Animation movie Turbo, premiering in theaters this summer, the Netflix series Turbo: F.A.S.T. (Fast Action Stunt Team) debuts exclusively this December in the United States and across the globe in the 40 countries where Netflix offers its service.
“Families love Netflix, so creating an original series for kids was a natural for us. And we’re doing it in a big way by adapting Turbo, this year’s DreamWorks Animation summer tentpole movie,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix. “DreamWorks Animation has a long track record of creating incredibly successful characters and stories that delight people of all ages. We’re thrilled to add Turbo the series as well as all new DreamWorks Animation films, starting with their 2013 slate, to Netflix.”
“Netflix boasts one of the largest and fastest-growing audiences in kids television. They pioneered a new model for TV dramas with House of Cards, and now together, we’re doing the same thing with kids’ programming,” said DreamWorks Animation’s Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Katzenberg. “DreamWorks is thrilled to be part of the television revolution.”
DreamWorks Animation’s Turbo is a high velocity 3D comedy about an ordinary snail who dares to dream big – and fast. After a freak accident miraculously gives him the power of super-speed, Turbo kicks his dreaming into overdrive and embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the seemingly impossible: competing in the Indianapolis 500. The film, which stars Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Ben Schwartz, Kurtwood Smith, Snoop Lion and Samuel L. Jackson, comes to theaters on July 19, 2013.
Source: Yahoo! Finance