Drive, deliver and don't die, in this first trailer for The Transporter, the TV show

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When it comes to ringing a few extra bucks out of a movie franchise, nothing smells more like a fistful of dollars than a TV series adaptation. Police Academy, Robocop and Blade are some such, terrible examples of a live-action adaptation, and now, The Transporter is headed to television as well, one ozone-layer killing exhaust fume filled episode at a time.

Don’t expect to see Jason Statham finding ingenious ways to knock heads about on a weekly basis, as the iconic role of Frank Martin will instead be portrayed by Chris Vance.

It’s still the same formula of Martin delivering sensitive packages and inflicting pain on anyone who gets in his way of a successful drop-off, while maintaining a sharp sense of style, but it’s unclear how closely the TV series will follow the off the wall action of the original films.

Film series regular François Berléand is back at least, as the long-suffering French Inspector Tarconi, but can it succeed with the Stath-man? Only time will tell.

 

Last Updated: August 14, 2012

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Darryn Bonthuys

Something wrong gentlemen? You come here prepared to read the words of a madman, and instead found a lunatic obsessed with comics, Batman and Raul Julia’s M Bison performance in the 1994 Street Fighter movie? Fine! Keep your bio! In fact, now might be a good time to pray to it!

  • The trailer did get me thinking, so this has some real potential. If copious amounts of action – both of the pugilistic and car-porn variety – are to be expected, mixed with good camera work, this might be worth at least a season.

  • Andre116

    I’ve not been a fan of the Transporter films at all. They’ve been way over the top for my liking.

    Having a TV series type budget might actually work in their favour to keep the show more grounded and me more interested. Guess time will tell.

    • I see your point, but you are essentially suggesting they abandon the current formula. That defeats the purpose of a TV spin-off.

  • BlackHawk

    At least they got the car right! Audi A8 FTW!

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