TNT Picks Up 'Transporter' Series, Set to Air This Fall
While its inspirational film counterpart is noted for frenetic action and some jarring rides, the adapted TV version of ‘Transporter’ has too encountered some bumps along the way, but no longer.
TNT has acquired ‘Transporter: The Series,’ which will at last make its U.S. television debut in the fall of 2014.
Originally airing in Germany at the end of 2012, and subsequently around the world, ‘Transporter’ is an English-language French-Canadian series based on the films by French writer and director Luc Besson.
The show was picked up by Cinemax in 2011, but various setbacks, including changes in showrunners and an injury to its star, led the network to opt out of airing the series.
Still, due to its strong performance worldwide, it was only a matter of time before it was picked up and aired in America. A second season will head to production in February, under the helm of a new showrunner in the form of ‘The X-Files’ alum Frank Spotnitz. Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie were the original executive producers, before being replaced by Steve Shill (‘The Tudors’), who too has since departed.
Thus, the series will finally make its way to TNT, where its leading man Chris Vance is already a recognizable star: he has a recurring role on ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ as an occasional love interest.
His role here however, is decidedly different, as he portrays Frank Martin, a character realized on the big screen across three films by Jason Statham. Martin is an action-hero courier of sorts, who will deliver whatever you need delivered, however dangerous, provided the price is right.
Like the film, the series features some beautiful and exotic locales, as the first season was shot in Paris, Berlin, and Nice, among other places. Season 2 is set to be shot in Morocco as well as the Czech Republic, and here is hoping there is smooth-sailing ahead for the cast and crew.