Apple is developing a live-action series based on the iconic manga and anime series “Speed Racer.”
The Hollywood Reporter claims that the acclaimed filmmaker J.J. Abrams will take on the role of executive producer for the upcoming venture.
Hiram Martinez and Ron Fitzgerald are co-writers and co-showrunners of the new series, which is currently shrouded in mystery due to the paucity of information.
Using his Bad Robot production company, JJ Abrams will serve as executive producer. Overall, Warner Bros. Television is the studio with which Bad Robot has a contract.
Tatsuo Yoshida’s manga series “Mach GoGoGo” was the first to introduce “Speed Racer” to the world in 1966. Tatsunoko Productions turned it into an anime series, which was broadcast on Japan’s Fuji TV and in the United States.
The plot revolves around the exploits of car racer Speed Racer and his custom-built Mach 5 machine. There are three members of this group: the chimpanzee Chim-Chim, Pops Racer (Pops’ father and car builder), and Speed’s fiancée Trixie. In addition, Speed’s older brother, Rex Racer, is the enigmatic Racer X, who is actually Speed.
For the second time in a live-action series, an iconic Japanese character gets a live-action makeover.
Lily and Lana Wachowski have written and directed a 2008 film starring Emile Hirsch, which was written and directed by the Wachowski sisters. The movie bombed at the box office and was generally panned by critics.