ReelzChannel has acquired the rights to Canadian spy thriller series XIII and I’m being told that Reelz plans to premiere the series in June, following the conclusion of the first season of True Justice.
XIII is the story of a man’s quest to uncover the truth about his identity. Named for the Roman numeral tattooed on his neck, XIII is a former secret operative who has been stripped of his memory. He does not know who he is, what he is trained to be or whom he serves. Hunted by a dark anti-government organization, XIII searches for clues that will uncover the secret that makes him so valuable—and so potentially dangerous. Jones is a government agent and XIII’s most loyal ally. She is also under Presidential orders to discover what, if anything, XIII knows.
Based on the graphic novels by Jean Van Hamme, the series was developed and produced by Jay Firestone’s Prodigy Pictures and Luc Besson’s French production company EuropaCorp Television. XIII stars Aisha Tyler as Jones, a top CIA operator, Virginie Ledoyen as Irina, a mercenary hired by the former U.S. President to track XIII, Caterina Murino as Sam, XIII’s trustworthy ally and love interest, Greg Bryk as Amos, a national security officer, Stephen McHattie as President Carrington and Ted Atherton as Wally Sharidan, the former U.S. President and a possible traitor.
Speaking of the acquisition, Matthew Singerman, Senior Vice President of Programming for ReelzChanne, said: “If you combined the Bourne Identity movies with the 24 TV series, you have XIII. It’s an exciting, riveting show with action and drama that will keep our viewers on the edge of their seats. The XIII series also serves as a great platform for TV About Movies programming, providing many great topics for taking viewers inside the timeless genre of spy thriller and secret agent action movies.”
While Jay Firestone, Executive Producer for XIII, added: “I’m thrilled that fans of XIII will have the opportunity to see this incredible series on ReelzChannel. Reelz is the perfect home for XIII as it’s a network committed to shows that are cinematic in scope.”
TVWise will bring you the Premiere Date for XIII just as soon as it is announced by Reelz.