Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Christoph Waltz will star in Tulip Fever, an adaptation of the Deborah Moggach novel directed by Justin Chadwick.
- Jack Black and James Marsden are set for the low-budget indie comedy, The D-Train, the directorial debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel.
- Ed Skrein will replace Jason Statham as Frank Martin in the newly rebooted Transporter series.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
The Transporter movies are very silly, and their sequels have helped pushed their directors into bigger franchises. Transporter 2 eventually launched Louis Leterrier to The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans, and Transporter 3 director Olivier Megaton went on to Taken 2 and now he’s set for Taken 3. But the films themselves have disappeared with Transporter 3 hitting theaters back in 2008, although they’ve continued as a TV series starring Chris Vance, first in 2011 on Cinemax, and now a second season on TNT later this year. Rather than simply picking the films back up and recasting the simple role of a guy who is good at driving and fighting, Luc Besson‘s EuropaCorp is going to reboot the series and turn it into becoming an origin story. That’s kind of dumb, but then again so are the Transporter movies.
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Traffic has been halted this week in Nice, while pedestrians stand along the streets watching a car chase, completely unafraid of the bullets flying out the vehicles. Sound like a movie? It kind of is. Shooting for the TV spinoff of The Transporter franchise began this week in the South of France, under the direction of Andy Mikita.
Produced by Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp and Lagardère Entertainment, The Transporter will be filming in the French city before heading out to Toronto next month. Hit the jump for more details and cast info.
Last December we learned that a major broadcast partner was teaming with Luc Besson to bring a TV series adaptation of The Transporter film franchise to life. Now Deadline reports the pay channel Cinemax will be behind the series. The series will follow Frank Martin, the same character played by Jason Statham in the films as he transports anything, anywhere, anytime and by any means necessary. But he has three rules: Never change the deal, no names and never open the package. The series order stands at 12 episodes with a budget of $48 million, so this should be quite an upscale adaptation. The question is who will step into Statham’s shoes to get into the action.
Though Jason Statham has already been on three adrenaline fueled rides as The Transporter, it looks like the action franchise may be heading to the small screen very soon. EuropaCorp, the production company from director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) apparently has a “big” broadcast partner in the U.S. lined up for the series, but they’re not saying who just yet. With a budget of $48 million, the series is aiming for 12 episodes (at least to being with) to start shooting early in 2011 in order to start airing in November. The story itself seems to fit perfectly in TV form as it follows the exploits of the titular driver who transports anything, anywhere, anytime and by any means necessary, but I doubt Statham will actually be behind the wheel.
For details on a potential TV adaptation of the Liam Neeson ass-kicker Taken, hit the jump.