The Transporter films helped make a star of Jason Statham, but a TV series version of the same story has worked a little differently for Chris Vance. The actor inherits Statham’s role — or I should say inherited. Because Transporter: The Series aired in quite a few countries in 2012 and 2013, and is just now coming to the US via TNT this fall. This Transporter TV series trailer shows that there are quite a few similarities in tone and style to the films. As in the movies, the central character is a former Special Forces operative who now makes a living by “transporting” sensitive and sometimes living cargo.
TNT will air the first season that hit the rest of the world a year ago, but will also show the new second season.
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The reason Joe Carnahan doesn’t make more movies is he doesn’t want to make Hollywood movies. The director of The Grey, Smokin’ Aces and Narc is one of the most honest and talented filmmakers out there, which isn’t always a good combination. It means he sometimes has to leave projects he doesn’t feel passionate about or attaches himself to movies that might never get made. That’s one reason he’s been working a lot in television recently; he feels there’s more creative freedom in TV.
Thursday night, Carnahan is set to receive the Mendez Award at the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown; to mark the occasion, /Film had an in-depth conversation with the director. We got updates on Stretch, Death Wish, Nemesis, Continue, you name it. And while we’ll run more on those soon, one of the most exciting things we talked about was Paramount’s desire to make a TV series based on his 2002 show, Narc.
Carnahan said he was writing the outline right now. He compared it, and the process, to True Detective, in that he could potentially write and/or direct the entire series. Read more about the Joe Carnahan Narc TV show and check back soon for the other updates. Read More »
Jason Voorhees isn’t just getting a new movie; he’s getting a TV series, too. While there was a Friday the 13th TV series in the ’80s, that show didn’t feature Jason. Instead it was about a group of people seeking to find and preserve magical artifacts — like a haunted Antiques Roadshow. (David Cronenberg even directed an episode!) This new Friday the 13th TV series, however, will be oriented squarely around Crystal Lake, the people who live there, and Jason. Oh, and Jason’s “wacky” family. Read More »
An adaptation of Terry Gilliam‘s underrated 1995 film 12 Monkeys is coming to TV. A twelve episode series has been ordered for the Syfy network with the aim to premiere January 2015. Charles Roven, who produced the original film as well as many of the DC comic book movies, is on board to produce and veterans of shows such as Friday Night Lives, Nikita, Terra Nova, V and Heroes are also behind the scenes. X-Men star Aaron Stanford will play the lead role of a man sent back in time to destroy a plague. Read more about the 12 Monkeys TV show below. Read More »
A year has passed since MTV greenlit a pilot based on the Wes Craven horror franchise Scream. Finally, casting has begun. We know because descriptions of the Scream TV show’s four main characters have now been revealed. While they don’t shine any particular light on how the series will tie into the films, they do give an idea of the dynamics of the show. They’re very MTV.
However, one other piece of new information does offer a significant hint at how the Scream TV show will tie into the films. Read about it all below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 by Angie Han
After months of record low temperatures and endless snowfall, most folks around the country are eager to get winter over with already. But FX’s Fargo may have you wanting to dive right back into the cold when it debuts this spring.
The first teaser for the 10-episode limited series, based on the Joel and Ethan Coen‘s film of the same title, has Billy Bob Thornton‘s shifty drifter character engaging in a familiar wintertime ritual. Watch it after the jump.
[Update: Key & Peele duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have just boarded in recurring roles. Details on their characters after the jump.
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Posted on Saturday, January 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Jurassic World has been picking up a pretty great cast, but one person we shouldn’t expect to see in it is original Jurassic Park star Sam Neill. Also after the jump:
- The website for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For has launched
- Zach Gilford slips a few plot details about The Purge 2
- Uwe Boll and Brendan Fletcher will go on another Rampage
- Spike Lee and Ray Allen have discussed a He Got Game sequel
- Sarah Jessica Parker thinks SATC has “one last chapter to tell”
- Stephen Moyer hints at a True Blood movie sequel, maybe
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If you’re like me, you have mixed feeling about this upcoming From Dusk Till Dawn TV series. The fact Robert Rodriguez is so involved is intriguing, but previous attempts to extend the vampire story (i.e. – its two direct to video sequels) have landed far below the bar set by the 1996 original. However, with a cast that includes DJ Cotrona, Robert Patrick, Don Johnson and Wilmer Valderama, the show has lots going for it. It also seems Rodriguez is creating the show with an eye towards the fans, as per his latest revelation.
The director took to Twitter to reveal the show actually links with Pulp Fiction, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the co-star, writer and producer of the original film. Check it out below. Read More »