Ryan Phillippe’s ‘Shooter’ Remake Picked Up to Series at USA

Drama is based on 2007 Mark Wahlberg film of the same name

USA has given a greenlight to drama series “Shooter,” starring Ryan Phillippe.

The series is a remake of the 2007 film of the same name starring Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Hunter novel “Point of Impact.”

Phillippe, who will also produce the project, stars 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.

Omar Epps also stars and plays Isaac Johnson, 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. “The conspiracy and drama that unfolded throughout the first hour had us completely immersed, and we look forward to more.”

The co-production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions comes from executive producers Wahlberg (“Ballers,” “Boardwalk Empire”) of Closest to the Hole Productions; Stephen Levinson (“Ballers,” “Boardwalk Empire”) 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 (“Bloodline”) directed the pilot.

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