HBO Canada on board The Transporter

The Movie Network and Movie Central sign on as Canadian co-producers for Luc Besson's Transporter series.
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HBO Canada has jumped on board Luc Besson’s Transporter series, as The Movie Network and Movie Central sign on as Canadian co-producers.

The Canadian pay TV channels join HBO, France’s M6 and Germany’s RTL Group as co-producers of the TV adaptation of the action franchise.

The 12-part Transporter series is to star Chris Vance of Prison Break as an ex-elite commando who delivers mysterious packages against all odds for a series of shady and dangerous clients.

The series will premiere on HBO Canada in 2012, with Klaus Zimmermann of France’s Atlantique Productions overseeing the $43 million TV series.

Alexander Rumelin will showrun the Canadian-French co-production, and Andy Mikita (Stargate) will direct.

Executive producers are Luc Besson, Alexander Ruemelin, Fred Fuchs, Robert Cooper, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie.

Transporter is set to start shooting in Europe on June 8, before production shifts to Toronto from July to November.