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The Transporter will leave skid marks on your TV

04.27.2010

Jason Statham may have driven on, but beefy wheelman Frank Martin still has deliveries to make and faces to kick. He'll just be doing it on a smaller screen.

Luc Besson and EuropaCorp (along with Atlantique Prods.) are bringing their TRANSPORTER series to TV, starting with an order of 12 hour-long episodes. Production is expected to start in early 2011, filming in Canada and France with a considerable budget of $4 million per episode.

If it follows the movies, each episode will feature physics-defying vehicular maneuvers and find our sinewy hero stripping shirtless and battling henchmen while coated in some type of fluid.

No cast has been announced, but I'd have to say that Besson regular Cyrill Raffaelli (DISTRICT 13) is a qualified candidate, assuming he works on his English.

Extra Tidbit: Speaking of car chase movies, a RONIN television series has been attempted at least twice since John Frankenheimer's espionage thriller screeched onto screens in 1998.
Source: Variety

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12:57PM on 04/28/2010
these movies could make a pretty cool transition to a tv series. it seems like something FX could make pretty cool.
these movies could make a pretty cool transition to a tv series. it seems like something FX could make pretty cool.
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9:15AM on 04/28/2010
Transporter 1 = Lots of Awesome, Transporter 2 = had me until the whole crane/car/bomb stunt...that was just awful, Transporter 3 was pretty sucky but had Robert Knepper, so it earned some points there...so I am 50/50 on whether it'll be good - it could make for a great tv show...maybe it just needs smaller chapters - they need to get François Berléand though
Transporter 1 = Lots of Awesome, Transporter 2 = had me until the whole crane/car/bomb stunt...that was just awful, Transporter 3 was pretty sucky but had Robert Knepper, so it earned some points there...so I am 50/50 on whether it'll be good - it could make for a great tv show...maybe it just needs smaller chapters - they need to get François Berléand though
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6:53AM on 04/28/2010
First Le Femme Nikita and now The Transporter. How about Leon The Professional tv series!
First Le Femme Nikita and now The Transporter. How about Leon The Professional tv series!
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6:32AM on 04/28/2010
i could be behind this, i think i'd be perfect to adapt to television, kinda like Human Target but less cheesy. Cyrill Raffaelli is great, he's a little short for the role but he's got the euro look and the Statham hairline
i could be behind this, i think i'd be perfect to adapt to television, kinda like Human Target but less cheesy. Cyrill Raffaelli is great, he's a little short for the role but he's got the euro look and the Statham hairline
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6:30AM on 04/28/2010
i could be behind this, i think i'd be perfect to adapt to television, kinda like Human Target but less cheesy. Cyrill Raffaelli is great, he's a little short for the role but he's got the euro look and the Statham hairline
i could be behind this, i think i'd be perfect to adapt to television, kinda like Human Target but less cheesy. Cyrill Raffaelli is great, he's a little short for the role but he's got the euro look and the Statham hairline
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12:24AM on 04/28/2010
Loved the first Transporter, but the second one was tres foudroyant. Never bothered with the third one, which is where I assume that screencap above comes from.

It's crazy, BTW, looks like it's from a side scrolling arcade game like Final Fight. What purpose does the sexy Catholic school girl outfit serve for a gun-toting thug again? lol
Loved the first Transporter, but the second one was tres foudroyant. Never bothered with the third one, which is where I assume that screencap above comes from.

It's crazy, BTW, looks like it's from a side scrolling arcade game like Final Fight. What purpose does the sexy Catholic school girl outfit serve for a gun-toting thug again? lol
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6:31AM on 04/28/2010
the screencap is from the beginning of Transporter 2 when the school girl serves as the bait to the big guys trying to jack Frank's sweet Audi
the screencap is from the beginning of Transporter 2 when the school girl serves as the bait to the big guys trying to jack Frank's sweet Audi
12:59PM on 04/28/2010
Hahaha!!! That's awesome. I got the same vibe from the pic too. Like Double Dragon or Final Fight goin on there.
And 1st and 2nd Transporter are alright...haven't seen the 3rd yet either...and I don't really mind.
Hahaha!!! That's awesome. I got the same vibe from the pic too. Like Double Dragon or Final Fight goin on there.
And 1st and 2nd Transporter are alright...haven't seen the 3rd yet either...and I don't really mind.
12:22AM on 04/28/2010
ill wait and see
ill wait and see
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11:55PM on 04/27/2010
Too bad about the Ronin TV shows. That's a movie, as good as it is, that I always felt might be better as a series.

Transporter? I dunno.
Too bad about the Ronin TV shows. That's a movie, as good as it is, that I always felt might be better as a series.

Transporter? I dunno.
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10:41PM on 04/27/2010
I hated the District 13 movies. They were so lame, but I love most of Besson's stuff, and I could likely get behind this if they do it right. I like the Transporter movies. Great guilty pleasures.
I hated the District 13 movies. They were so lame, but I love most of Besson's stuff, and I could likely get behind this if they do it right. I like the Transporter movies. Great guilty pleasures.
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11:21PM on 04/27/2010
District 13 was really all about just showing off the Parkour martial arts. The movies weren't top notch, but they were fun and the action was balltastic.
District 13 was really all about just showing off the Parkour martial arts. The movies weren't top notch, but they were fun and the action was balltastic.
11:33PM on 04/27/2010
I was very disappointed. I was extremely excited about watching and just was let down immensely.
I was very disappointed. I was extremely excited about watching and just was let down immensely.
10:36PM on 04/27/2010
I could be behind this. I just saw District 13 the other day and man, that guy is awesome.
I could be behind this. I just saw District 13 the other day and man, that guy is awesome.
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