The Movie Network, a Canadian premium cable network, announced yesterday that production has begun on its new original series Transporter. Obviously, this TV series is based on the film franchise The Transporter starring Jason Statham.
The TV series will be extremely different from the film franchises.
Statham won't be in the leading role as Frank Martin, a freelance transporter who signs on for hit jobs from fishy clients. The leading man for this series, which is in production in Toronto, is Chris Vance (Prison Break).
As for the stories, Frank will still have his golden rules: never change the deal, no names and never open the package. Speaking about changes, Frank will have a handler, Carla (Andrea Osvart). She's a former CIA operative. She organizes his mission. Carla also acts as Frank's eyes and ears on the outside.
In the first episode of the TV series, Frank will break one rule: he opened the package he was supposed to transport. This is because his hunch told him the package is a person. In fact, the surprise package is Delia (Rachel Skarsten), a woman from Frank's past.
Producers of the TV series upheld that it will have a link with the film franchise in the form of actor François Berléand (The Transporter), who played Inspector Tarconi. Once charged with investigating his friend Frank, who had his house attacked by mysterious criminals, Tarconi still ignores Frank's real activities even when he's being questioned by Juliette (Delphine Chanéac), a young reporter working on a story about the underground world of transporters.
In Canada, the TV series will be aired on The Movie Network and also abroad in 2012. We'll also be able to see it on M6, a French TV network, RTL, a German TV network, and Cinemax, an American premium cable network.