Live-action Speed Racer Series From Apple and J.J. Abrams In Development


Speed Racer is getting another Western live-action treatment, this time as a series from Apple. Variety reports that the series “has been in the works for a considerable amount of time” and has J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Star Wars: The Force Awakens director) onboard as an executive producer.

Warner Bros. Television is involved in the show’s production, with Ron Fitzgerald (Westworld co-executive producer) and Hiram Martinez (Snowpiercer series writer) writing, executive producing, and showrunning.

Speed Racer began as a manga by Tatsunoko Production founder Tatsuo Yoshida. The manga, titled Pilot A (with the “A” pronounced as “ace”), served as the basis for the Tatsunoko Production-produced Mach GoGoGo anime series that ran from 1967 to 1968 with 52 episodes. The Speed Racer title came from the Americanized version of the anime that aired in the United States.

Several other Speed Racer animated shows from both Japan and the United States would follow in later decades. From Japan came a Mach GoGoGo remake in the late 1990s and the Mach Girl spin-off in 2008 (both also produced by Tatsunoko), while from the United States came the 1993 reboot The New Adventures of Speed Racer and 2008’s Speed Racer: The Next Generation sequel.

In 2008, a Speed Racer live-action movie directed by The Matrix trilogy’s Wachowski siblings and starring Emile Hirsch was released. The series also inspired some video games.

The Tatsunoko Production website describes the original anime as:

A brilliant race car driver named Go Mifune drives the Mach, with its seven secret devices. He speeds around the world and his spectacular skills win him a great number of ardent fans. This racing story also includes romantic and suspenseful elements.

Source: Variety

Melvyn originally wanted to write about video games, and he did so for a few years starting from his college days. Now, he primarily focuses on anime-related content, although he also writes about games, light novels, manga, and VTubers sometimes. Some of his free time is spent self-learning Japanese. Every anime season, Melvyn looks forward to discovering new standout episodes and OP/ED animation sequences.
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