THE TRANSPORTER Series Receiving a Reboot with Plans for an Origin Story and New Trilogy

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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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According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Transporter 4 will be co-produced with Mark Gao‘s Shanghai-based Fundamental Films. It if performs as expected, Transporter 5 and Transporter 6 will be set up as official Chinese co-productions to get easier access to China’s booming box office.” Jason Statham will not return for the role of “transporter” Frank Martin, and the new movie will focus on his origins.  I’m not sure how a guy learning how to drive, punch people, and fire guns is particularly interesting past a montage, but the films don’t require deep thought.  It’s a series where a guy gets covered in oil and has to fight a bunch of dudes, and that was just the first movie.

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  • George Otwori

    Matt, Cinemax never aired the first season because they weren’t satisfied with the final product. They were co-producing it. The first season will first air on TNT in fall 2014. TNT is known for their mediocre procedurals which gives me little optimism. Cinemax has since turned into the home for high octane pulp series which shows like Banshee and Strike Back.

    • GunzOfNavarone

      It is dreadful. I watched the 1st and 2nd episodes and no more.

  • Dakota Lancaster

    I guess the series got too continuity heavy, you know, from all the story and what not.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Luc Besson it’s time to let it go. I get that you can do with with Nakita but the Transporter is not even the same as it’s a pretty straight forward action movie. Besides the last Transporter film w James Franco as the villian was terrible.

    • Dev1359

      James Franco was the villain in Transporter 3? wat

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        I thought all of Statham’s films are sequels.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        He’s talking about Homefront…and it’s amazing! Jason Statham is a dad that kills lots of people!

  • RiddleThemThis

    Would anyone even want to watch a Transporter film without Jason Statham?

    • Werefon

      No. As Arnold once said: This is Stupid!

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