Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Oval Office Under Fire In NBC's "XIII"...

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Filmed in Hamilton, Ontario with a Canadian supporting cast, "XIII" is a four-hour NBC TV mini-series airing Sunday, Feb. 8 and Sunday, Feb. 15, starring actors Val Kilmer, Stephen Dorff, Stephen McHattie and Jessalyn Gilsig.

"...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..."

Based on the French comics series written/illustrated by Belgians Jean Van Hamme and William Vance, the plot was inspired by author Robert Ludlum's "The Bourne Identity".

In 2003, the storyline of the first five volumes was adapted into a video game, from Montreal's Ubisoft, also titled "XIII".