Ryan Phillippe and Omar Epps to Star in Shooter, a New Series Based on the Mark Wahlberg Movie
USA Network has picked up Shooter to series, with Ryan Phillippe (Secrets and Lies) and Omar Epps (House) in lead roles.
The drama, based on the novel “Point of Impact” by Stephen Hunter, also spawned the 2007 Mark Wahlberg film. (Wahlberg will also be an executive producer on the show.) John Hlavin wrote the television adaptation of the series.
In the series, Phillippe will play Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg’s role), an “expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president.” Epps will play Isaac Johnson (Danny Glover’s film role), an “ex-Marine and former commanding officer of Swagger. Now a Secret Service Agent, he solicits Swagger’s expertise for a clandestine operation that has disastrous results.”
“Shooter is an uncompromising exploration of the definition and evolution of a hero,” said Jackie de Crinis, Executive Vice President, Original Programming, USA Network, in a statement. “The conspiracy and drama that unfolded throughout the first hour had us completely immersed, and we look forward to more.”
“USA is the perfect home for Shooter,” added Amy Powell, President, Paramount Television. “Stephen Hunter’s Bob Lee Swagger is a heroic, iconic character and there is so much more of his story to explore in series. This incredible group of producers and actors bring our vision to the next level; we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Mark, Ryan, Stephen, John, and Universal Cable Productions to take audiences on an exciting journey.”