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Aug 07 2015

TV News: USA Network Announces Series Pick-Up For SHOOTER Starring Ryan Phillippe

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UPDATED: Mon 5/16 – Added New Trailer:

**UPDATED Wed 2/101/6**

USA NETWORK ANNOUNCES SERIES PICK-UP FOR ‘SHOOTER’

A Co-Production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions, the Drama is from Executive Producers Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and John Hlavin

Ryan Phillippe (“Secrets and Lies”) and Omar Epps (“House”) Set to Star

 

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – February 10, 2016 – USA Network announced a series pick-up for SHOOTER, a drama 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 (“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.

Ryan Phillippe (“Secrets and Lies”) is a producer on the project and will star as Bob Lee Swagger, an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president.  Omar Epps (“House”) 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.”

“USA is the perfect home for SHOOTER,” said 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.”

On the heels of a series pick-up for the Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”), Blake Masters (“Brotherhood”) and the late Emmy Award-winner Henry Bromell (“Homeland”) drama, FALLING WATER, SHOOTER is the second project to be greenlit off of USA Network’s 2015/2016 pilot slate.  Still in contention are BROOKLYN ANIMAL CONTROL, a co-production between Universal Cable Productions and IDW Entertainment, the pilot is written and executive produced by JT Petty (“Splinter Cell”), David S. Goyer (“Batman v Superman”) also executive produced;  and  POOR RICHARD’S ALMANACK, a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, the project is from executive producer Jim Danger Gray (“Orange is the New Black”) and consulting producer Miguel Sapochnik (“Game of Thrones”).

SHOOTERwill premiere on USA Network this summer.
SHOOTER Trailer

 

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[Original Post – Aug 7, 2015]

USA NETWORK ANNOUNCES PILOT PICK-UP FOR ‘SHOOTER,’ RYAN PHILLIPPE IS SET TO STAR

From Executive Producers Mark Wahlberg, Stephen Levinson, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and John Hlavin, the Drama is a Co-Production with Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – August 6, 2015 – 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.

Phillippe most recently appeared on television in “Secrets and Lies” where he starred opposite Juliette Lewis.  Previously, he was seen on “Damages” playing Channing McClaren in the acclaimed drama’s final season.  Most recently, Phillippe co-wrote, produced and starred in “Catch Hell,” which marks his directorial debut.  The story follows an actor abducted while on location and is inspired by true events.  Recent film credits include his role opposite Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei in “The Lincoln Lawyer,” Steven Silver’s “The Bang Bang Club,” Clint Eastwood’s “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Breach” starring opposite Chris Cooper.

Since the film, “White Squall” with director Ridley Scott, Phillippe has worked with exceptional actors and award winning directors.  Additional film credits include Robert Altman’s Oscar nominated film “Godsford Park,” “Igby Goes Down,” “Antitrust” co-starring Tim Robbins, “Company Man” with Sigourney Weaver, “The Way of the Gun,” “The I Inside,” and the Academy Award winning film “Crash” directed by Paul Haggis.

Phillippe can also be seen in, Paramount’s war-drama, “Stop-Loss,” alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Channing Tatum, “MacGruber” with Will Forte and Kristen Wiig and box office smash hits; “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Cruel Intentions” and “54” with Mike Myers.  Phillippe is repped by WME and MGMT. Entertainment, and David Weber at Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.

Hlavin is repped by UTA, Tom Lasally at 3 Arts and attorney Karl Austen.

In addition to SHOOTER, USA Network recently announced pilot pick-ups for BROOKLYN ANIMAL CONTROL, a co-production between Universal Cable Productions and IDW Entertainment, the pilot is written and executive produced by JT Petty (“Splinter Cell”); and  POOR RICHARD’S ALMANACK, a co-production between Legendary Television and Universal Cable Productions, the project is from executive producer Jim Danger Gray (“Orange is the New Black”) and consulting producer Miguel Sapochnik (“Game of Thrones”).  Previously announced pick-ups also include the Universal Cable Production dramas FALLING WATER from executive producers Gale Anne Hurd (“The Walking Dead”) of Valhalla Entertainment, Blake Masters (“2 Guns”) and the late Emmy Award-winner Henry Bromell (“Homeland”), and PARADISE PICTURES from executive producer Aaron Korsh (SUITS) and Rick Muirragui (SUITS).

 

Source: ©2015 USA Network, a division of NBC Universal. All Rights Reserved.

 

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