6 October 2008 on Canal+ and 8 February 2009 on NBC
XIII : The Conspiracy is a high-stakes cat-and-mouse thriller starring Stephen Dorff (World Trade Center), Stephen McHattie (Watchmen, Haven), Jessalyn Gilsig (Heroes), and Val Kilmer (The Doors, Top Gun). The adrenaline-charged miniseries begins dramatically as the first female U.S. president is shot dead by a sniper during her Veteran's Day speech.
Three months later, a wounded man is found tattered in a forest with no memory of his identity. The only clue is a tattoo on his neck -- "XIII". Could his lightning-fast reflexes and killer instincts betray him as the presidential assassin that the U.S. is desperately searching for? Submerged in a far-reaching conspiracy, which threatens to overthrow the entire government, XIII's identity becomes the key to unraveling a complex and dangerous secret that will shock and excite. From the first bullet, this gripping action-thriller will leave audiences gasping for more.
Ted Atherton (Max Payne), John Bourgeois (Burn Up), Greg Bryk (ReGenesis), Lucinda Davis (Wargames: The Dead Code), and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) also star.
XIII is an official Canada/France co-production, developed and produced by Prodigy Pictures and Cipango in association with Power. Prodigy Pictures' Jay Firestone, Cipango's Edouard Vesinne and Thomas Anargyros and Power's Justin Bodle are executive producers. The mini-series was directed by Duane Clark (CSI Meadowlands) and was written by David Wolkove (La Femme Nikita, Relic Hunter) and Philippe Lyon (The Trail, Alive).
Filming of the mini-series took place in Toronto between 19 November 2007 and 1 February 2008.
18 April 2011 on Canal+ and 20 April 2011 on Showcase
XIII is an hour-long drama series based on Jean Van Hammeís adrenaline-fueled graphic novels, which have sold more than 13 million copies worldwide since the first volume was published 25 years ago. Known only by the Roman numeral he was assigned, XIII (Stuart Townsend) is a skilled and lethal secret agent who escapes from an Eastern European Rendition Camp with a surgically altered face and an identity handed to him by a mysterious stranger.
Recruited to a secret organization committed to bringing down the United States Government, XIII has no memory of his past, how he was trained or why. Hunted by a dark anti-government organization, he quickly realizes that the closer he gets to uncovering the riddle, the more complex and deadly the mission becomes.
While living through an ever-evolving government conspiracy, XIIIís quest is to discover his true identity at any cost.
UPDATE (for those of us not on facebook 23/7) : On 6 December Stuart Townsend announced on his facebook account that XIII has been renewed for a second season and that filming is to begin in February in Toronto. "They definitely wanna take the show in a fresh direction." 1