Mallozzi and Mullie Quit Transporter the Series
Three weeks into filming Cinemax’s Transporter the Series, executive producers/showrunners Joe Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, perhaps best known for their huge body of work on the Stargate franchise, have quit.
The move comes after TV director and producer Steven Hill was brought in to work alongside Stargate alums. Both Mullie and Mallozzi cite creative differences as their reason for exiting the show.
Based on Luc Besson’s Transporter film franchise, the series stars Chris Vance as Frank Martin, a professional transporter whose assignments inevitably end in trouble. The first season, consisting of 12 episodes is currently in production in Toronto.
Joe Mallozzi who keeps a daily blog Thoughts and Tirades, Rants and Ruminations praised the cast and crew for their efforts on the series thus far.
“After 11+ years working on the Stargate franchise, my plan was to take a year off – go to cooking school, work on a novel, and watch the entire run of Ralph Bakshi’s hallucinogenic Spiderman cartoon in one glorious sitting. And then, in January, my agent informed me of an opportunity to work on The Transporter t.v. series based, of course, on the successful film franchise. Being a big fan of the movies, I jumped at the chance and, before I knew it, my writing partner Paul and I were in Toronto, working on scripts, then prepping, then well into production. Like most first year shows, there were challenges. But there was/is also enormous potential – in the form of an established brand and an incredibly dedicated cast, crew, and production team who will, no doubt, deliver a fantastic series when The Transporter premieres in early 2012.”