The new TV series, shooting thorough to July 2012 in Toronto, is based on 'XIII", the Franco-Belgian comics series written and illustrated by Jean Van Hamme and William Vance, following an amnesiac searching for a concealed past.
With a plot inspired by author Robert Ludlum's book "The Bourne Identity", "XIII" was first serialized in 1984, then adapted into video games and TV mini-series.
In the original comic book series :
"...the first female US President, 'Sally Sheridan' is shot dead by a sniper during her 'Veterans Day' speech. Her assassin narrowly escapes the scene with his life. Three months later, an elderly couple discover the body of a wounded man in a tree, wearing a parachute. He cannot remember the slightest thing about his own identity. The only clue is a tattoo on his neck, "XIII".
"Meanwhile, in the Whitehouse, government intelligence is still conducting the search for the President's killer. With the elections just weeks away, a confirmed suspect could swing the vote for the administration. Hours after XIII's location is picked up by covert intelligence, elite special ops forces are swarming the elderly couple's house in Cape Fear.
"Running on adrenaline and instinct, XIII tactically takes out the soldiers one by one. On the run, clinging to one desperate clue after another, XIII begins to piece back his life, fragments of his memory returning. Finally captured, he learns that he has been given a stolen identity and placed undercover to flush out a group of conspirators threatening to overthrow the government.
"Ensconced within the highest echelons of power the conspirators run their own security agency alongside the Government's. Now both are out to find him. The only way for XIII to get his own life back is to play bait. A dangerous game, especially when you don't know who you really are..."
"XIII.2", the TV series is produced by Wanda Grean for XIII Series 2 Inc. Executive producer is Jay Firestone.
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