Club illico to offer vintage spy series “IXE-13”

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Seventy-five years after the first adventures of Quebec secret agent Jean Thibault, whose code name is IXE-13, he will come back to life on our screens thanks to a new original series from Club illico. & nbsp;

This spy and period fiction, dubbed “IXE-13”, is on the table and eight one-hour episodes have been ordered from Sphere Media, which produces everything in collaboration with Quebecor Content.

Author Gilles Desjardins (“Lies”, “Les pays d'en haut”) is writing this series that Yan Lanouette will be directing (“Robot portrait”, “The impostor”). The filming schedule and the launch date of the episodes on Club illico were not specified on Wednesday when the announcement was made, given that the craftsmen have just obtained the funding to bring the project to fruition.

The raw material used by Gilles Desjardins, who is also associate producer of “IXE-13”, is the series of short novels “The strange adventures of agent IXE-13”, written by Pierre Daignault, from 1947 to 1966. Mr. Desjardins revisits the first stories of Mr. Daignault, who at the time used the pseudonym Pierre Saurel. Two volumes bringing together the first 13 adventures of IXE-13 were reissued by Éditions de l'Homme in 2020.

Before James Bond and Bob Morane

The IXE-13 secret agent, it's fascinating, was created before a certain James Bond, whose first missions, directed by the author Ian Fleming, came out in 1952. And before the Frenchman Bob Morane, created in the same post-war period as Bond.

“It's quite incredible that a Quebec author gave birth to a hero of this type, because he is the precursor of many popular culture icons all over the world. It was very avant-garde, “said Gilles Desjardins in an interview with the QMI Agency.

“He is a character inspired by the reality of espionage at that time, with the onset of the Cold War,” he continued. It is probably for this reason that it is a Quebec author who seized on this story because the Cold War, few people know, began in Canada after the defection of a Soviet agent. having revealed that there was a large Russian spy plot attempting to seize the secret of the atomic bomb in Canada. “

Gilles Desjardins says he wants to “make a free adaptation” of the IXE-13 universe which will be serious, unlike Jacques Godbout's film which was more humorous.

“J ' I tried with a lot of research to anchor the story in this historical context. This is a series that is going to be realistic about the secrets of that time, which have hardly ever been told. “

“IXE-13 also has a tragic dimension. He led a spy ring during World War II. Several of the greatest spies during this conflict were, moreover, French-speaking Quebecers, which is little known, ”added Mr. Desjardins.

Let us recall that the adventures of IXE-13, numbering 934 in total, were a real literary success, one of the first of the Belle Province. Over 28 million copies have been sold over the years.

“'The Strange Adventures of Agent IXE-13' is a classic in our popular culture. IXE-13 is of course a mythical hero, but it is also a cultural brand capable of surviving over 70 years. This brand is part of our heritage and now deserves to be updated and exploited at its fair value, “Quebecor Content vice-president, original content, Denis Dubois, said on Wednesday in a press release.

“Videotron is delighted to add a spy series to its Club illico platform. This new fiction, which combines action and strong human stakes, will appeal to a wide audience, and further strengthens the impressive offer of Club illico, ”said Videotron Senior Director, Content Platform Strategy, Daphnée Defendini./p>

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