Shooter has just been given the go-ahead for a one-hour pilot pick-up, a series based on Stephen Hunter’s novel Point of Impact. This is not the first time the novel has gotten a visual interpretation, in 2007, a movie (also entitled Shooter) was made starring Mark Walhberg. Starring in the series version of Shooter will be Ryan Phillippe who recently starred in Secrets and Lies. Mark Walhberg will also be back on board, this time as executive producer.
The press release for Shooter starring Ryan Phillippe sets the series’ specifics.
“USA Network announced a pilot pick-up for the hour-long scripted drama Shooter and has locked in Ryan Phillippe (Secrets and Lies) to star. Shooter is based on the best-selling Bob Lee Swagger novel by Stephen Hunter, Point of Impact, and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg. The co-production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions comes from executive producers Wahlberg (Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) of Closest to the Hole Productions; Stephen Levinson (Boardwalk Empire, Ballers) of Leverage Entertainment; and Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Transformers, The Real O’Neals). John Hlavin (The Shield) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Simon Cellan Jones (Ballers) is set to direct the pilot.
“Phillippe is a producer on the project and will star as Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the President. Ultimately double-crossed and framed for the attempt, he must call upon all the skills he acquired as a decorated Marine sharpshooter to avoid capture while hunting down and exposing the traitors who set him up.
“Shooter is an action series whose central elements are the ingenuity and courage of a U.S. veteran and the military training and background that sustain him as he fights a sophisticated conspiracy.”
You can read the full press release issued via Zap2It here.
Mark Walhberg, who is executive producer, is excited to have Ryan Phillippe play the role he also played in the movie version of Shooter.
“I love the character of Bob Lee Swagger and we are thrilled to have Ryan on board for the show,” he said in a statement.
No release date or shooting schedule has been announced for the TV adaptation of Shooter.
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