Production on the 12-part action series "The Transporter" has begun in Toronto, QVF Inc., Corus Entertainment'sMovie Central (Western Canada) and Astral's The Movie Network(Eastern Canada) announced a few days ago.
The new series stars a number of international actors, including Toronto native Rachel Skarsten ("Birds of Prey," "The Listener" and "Flashpoint") along with London's Chris Vance ("Prison Break," "Burn Notice" and "Dexter"), Andrea Osvart from Hungary, Francois Berléand (from "The Transporter" movie franchise – she starred in all three), and Delphine Chanéac ("Splice").
The description of the show on the official press release is one that seems quite similar to the movie. It says: "The fast-paced, action-packed series is based on the popular film franchise of the same name created by Europacorp's Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. 'Transporter' follows the adventures of professional transporter Frank Martin (Vance), who can always be counted on to get the job done. Operating in a seedy underworld of dangerous criminals and desperate players, Frank plays by three rules: never change the deal, no names and never open the package. In order to do the job with minimal personal interaction, Frank must rely on his trusted handler, Carla (Osvart), a former CIA Operative, who organizes Frank's missions and acts as his eyes and ears on the outside. Sometimes it is hard to elude personal interaction altogether, especially when the package is a person, as in the case of Delia (Skarsten) – a surprise package from Frank's past. Frank's good friend, Inspector Tarconi (Berléand), once charged with the task of investigating Frank, now keeps himself blissfully unaware of Frank's law-skirting escapades, even when he is being questioned by Juliette (Chanéac), a young enthusiastic reporter working on a story about the underground world of Transporters."
Film production will continue until November 2011 and will air on HBO Canada in 2012.