Jul 5, 2022

Apple TV+ Orders Up ‘Speed Racer’ Live Action Series

Apple TV+ is keeping us in all of our nostalgia feels with their fresh order of a Speed Racer live action series.

Image Still: Fuji TV

While details are scarce on the upcoming Speed Racer series, Apple TV is prepping a Speed Racer series. It is set to be a high-profile live-action series from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros. Television. Nothing is 100% confirmed at the moment but, the project, written by Hiram Martinez (Snowpiercer) and Ron Fitzgerald (Westworld), is going back to the original source material and is a live-action take on the classic 1960s manga series.

Speed Racer, a Japanese media franchise about automobile racing, first launched as a manga series titled Mach GoGoGo by Tatsuo Yoshida in 1966. Trans-Lux acquired syndication rights and Speed Racer was adapted into anime by Tatsunoko Productions, which aired on Japan’s Fuji TV from 1967-68 and aired in the U.S. in syndication at about the same time. The show’s mainstream success in the U.S. spawned an ongoing Speed Racerfranchise beginning in the 1990s, which ranged from comics, video releases, merchandise, and a live-action film and series.

All other details at this time are being held quite close to the heart, but we’ve got our eyes and ears open for more details. Speed Racer is currently staffing its writer’s room.