After taking in the project in March after it was initially developed for TNT, USA Network has handed out a formal pilot order to Shooter, a hour-long drama series based on the 2007 feature film of the same name and Stephen Hunter’s novel Point Of Impact. Ryan Phillippe (Secrets & Lies) has also boarded the project and will play the lead.
Shooter follows Bob Lee Swagger (Phillippe), an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the assassination 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.
Paramount’s recently relaunched TV division Paramount Television is producing the project in association with USA’s sister studio Universal Cable Productions. The pilot script was penned by John Hlavin who serve as an executive producer alongside Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. In addition to starring, Ryan Phillippe will also serve as a producer on Shooter. Ballers helmer Simon Cellan Jones is attached to direct the pilot.
With the official pilot order, Shooter becomes the latest project to come out of the recent drive to revive or reboot established properties for new TV projects. Other recent efforts in this area include Fox’s upcoming drama series Minority Report (also from Paramount TV), Rush Hour and The X-Files Revival; Starz’s Ash Vs. Evil Dead; and ABC Family’s Shadowhunters. NBC is also in early development on a Xena Warrior Princess reboot.