You might not be aware, but EuropaCorp is planning a reboot of the popular 'Transporter' action franchise, which starred Jason Statham as badass Frank Martin. And now the first flick has cast its leading man: Ed Skrein, the British actor who played Daario Naharis, the Khaleesi's love interest in the third season of 'Game of Thrones.' Is Skrein man enough to take on the role popularized by Statham?
Some time ago we'd heard that the TV series based on Jason Statham's iconic 'Transporter' franchise had produced an entire season, though Cinemax ultimately opted against bringing the show to American TV. Now, not only has 'Transporter The Series' been greenlit for a second season, we have an American premiere date for Frank Martin's continued adventures on TNT!
We’ve all heard the casual moans of fan communities that Hollywood never comes up with anything original anymore, settling into the familiar patterns of sequels, remakes, and adaptations of familiar properties to cash in on brand recognition. And while remakes have become subtly accepted as a chance for a new take on dormant properties, the recent ‘RoboCop’ trailer reminded us just how much passions can strain in the dissection of beloved classics.
Last week during HBO's panel at the Television Critics Association press tour, network president Michael Lombardo revealed that Cinemax had opted not to go through with its 'Transporter' TV series, despite an entire season already produced, and an earlier release date. Well, wouldn't you know it, 'Transporter' will move forward with a second season at a new network, with a new showrunner!
Once the initial shock of 'Sopranos' star James Gandolfini's tragic passing had set in, questions turned to HBO's upcoming limited series 'Criminal Justice,' whose shot pilot had initially been passed on before the network opted for a smaller order. Now, as HBO speaks at the TCA press tour, Gandolfini's version of the pilot will most likely be re-shot, while other projects from the network will never see the light of day.
Clever, we know. We'd more or less forgotten that the 'Transporter' coming to Cinemax as a 12-episode TV series was even a thing, considering the last major news we heard was the show casting Chris Vance as its eponymous driver in May of 2011, followed by an on-set injury and a number of creative overhauls. Even the release of the series' first trailer seems curiously quite all things considered, but without further ado...'Transporter!' It has cars.