USA has delayed the premiere of “Shooter” out of respect for the victims of the deadly shooting in Dallas last week.
The TV adaptation of the 2007 film stars Ryan Phillippe as a marine sniper, and was originally slated to premiere on July 19, but will instead air a week later on July 26.
“In light of recent tragic events and out of respect for the victims, their families and our viewers, we have decided to postpone the premiere date for the upcoming USA Network series ‘Shooter,’ to July 26,” a network spokesperson said.
On Thursday night, 12 police officers and two civilians were shot by a sniper in Dallas, Texas, during a rally protesting the police shootings of two unarmed black men. Five officers died, as well as the gunman, who was killed in an explosion set off by police after an hours-long standoff.
Based on the 2007 film and the original Stephen Hunter novel “Point of Impact,” the series sees Phillippe taking over for Mark Wahlberg as Bob Lee Swagger, an off-the-grid former Marine sniper who is coaxed into action to thwart the killing of the president.
Tom Sizemore and Omar Epps also star.