Apple TV+ is getting ready sprinter, a highly publicized live-action Bad Robot series from JJ Abrams and Warner Bros. Television where the company is under contract.
The details are sketchy but I hear the project, written by Hiram Martinez (snowdrops) and Ron Fitzgerald (Westworld), returns to the original source material and is a vivid take on the classic 1960s manga series.
I hear the show is now occupying a writers room, with Martinez and Fitzgerald serving as executive producers/co-showrunners.
speed racera Japanese motor racing media franchise, first launched as a manga series titled Mach GoGoGo by Tatsuo Yoshida in 1966. Trans-Lux acquired the syndication rights and speed racer was adapted into an anime by Tatsunoko Productions, which aired on Fuji TV in Japan from 1967 to 1968 and aired in the United States in syndication around the same time.
The show’s mainstream success in the United States spawned continued success speed racer franchise beginning in the 1990s, which spanned comic books, video releases, merchandise, a live-action movie, and series.
On the television, The New Adventures of Speed Racer, an American-produced reboot of the original series that premiered in 1993 and aired for one season of 13 episodes. It was followed in 2008 by Speed Racer: The Next Generation which was released on Nicktoons and later revived on MTV, Cartoon Network and Boomerang.
The Wachowskis wrote and directed a live-action film adaptation of Sprint racewhich came out in 2008. The Apple series has nothing to do with that, I hear.
Bad Robot has a long-standing relationship with Apple where the company has produced several series to date, Stephen King’s adaptation Lisey’s story, with Julianne Moore; Sara Bareilles’ Small voice; and the next My glory was that I had such friendsled by Jennifer Garner.
Denise Petski contributed to this report.