With “Fast & Furious 6” still lodged firmly in the domestic box office’s current top ten films, Machinima and Paramount Insurge revealed plans to add “Chop Shop” — a buddy car thief series focusing on betrayal, heists, and car chases — to the Machinima lineup starting in early 2014.
According to Deadline, the project comes from Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson, who co-wrote season two of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy,” which also ran on Machinima. The series will be produced by Bandito Bros (“Act of Valor”), Josh Weinstock, and Elliott Lester, who will also direct.
Paramount Insurge is responsible for Yahoo!’s successful “Burning Love” series, and is Paramount’s in-house distribution arm specializing in “micro-budget” digital and theatrical content. The first season of “Burning Love,” after having aired on Yahoo, was picked up and aired by E! earlier this year. “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn,” which originally aired on Machinima, is now available for streaming on Netflix. So while Machinima is the initial platform for “Chop Shop,” if successful, don’t be surprised to see the series show up elsewhere.