"Stargate Universe" is gone, but members of the talented cast and crew behind it haven't been idle. Robert Cooper, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie are among the executive producers on "Transporter," a 12-part action series that has begun filming in Toronto for Cinemax.
The cable network made the announcement Wednesday, saying that the series, which stars Chris Vance in the title role and is based on the movie frachise, will debut in 2012. Vance, who starred in "Prison Break," will play professional transporter Frank Martin, who works in "a seedy underworld of dangerous criminals and desperate players," according to the Cinemax release.
Andrea Osvart ("Duplicity") co-stars as Martin's handler Carla and Francois Berleand reprises his role from the films as Inspector Tarconi. The cast also includes Delphine Chaneaac ("Splice") in the recurring role of Juliette, a reporter who knows a lot about Frank's work, and Rachel Skarsten ("Birds of Prey") as Delia, the daughter of someone from Frank's past.
Cooper, Mallozzi and Mullie will work with executive producers Luc Besson, Fred Fuchs and Alexander Ruemelin, as well as producers Susan Murdoch and Klaus Zimmermann. Besson helped create the "Transporter" film franchise.
Cooper helped bring the "Stargate" franchise to TV, while Mallozzi and Mullie worked as writers and/or producers on some of the franchise series, including "SGU." They have been working on "Transporter," creating the series bible and writing scripts, since "SGU" ended.
Stephen Williams, a director and co-executive producer of "Lost," is directing the first episode.
"Transporter" is the second original series for Cinemax. Its first, "Strike Back," debuts Aug. 12.Copyright © 2015, RedEye