The project, based on Stephen Hunter’s novel Point of Impact and the 2007 Paramount film starring Mark Wahlberg, is written by John Hlavin and executive produced by Wahlberg.
Shooter stars Ryan Phillippe as Bob Lee Swagger — the role played by Wahlberg in the movie — an expert marksman living in exile who is coaxed back into action after learning of a plot to kill the president. Omar Epps plays Isaac Johnson, an ex-Marine and Swagger’s former commanding officer . Now a Secret Service Agent, he solicits Swagger’s expertise for a clandestine operation that has disastrous results.
Wahlberg and Hlavin executive produce with Stephen Levinson and Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Phillippe serves as producer. Simon Cellan Jones directed the pilot.
“Shooter is an uncompromising exploration of the definition and evolution of a hero,” said Jackie de Crinis, USA’s EVP Original Programming. “The conspiracy and drama that unfolded throughout the first hour had us completely immersed, and we look forward to more.”
The project was originally set up at TNT in 2014 with Hlavin, Wahlberg and Paramount TV. Paramount negotiated an early release of the script last spring and took it to USA whose executives jumped on it, giving it a pilot commitment with a big penalty attached if it didn’t go to pilot. The script underwent further development before the network proceeded with attaching talent and greenlighting a pilot.
“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.”
Shooter is the second USA pilot from the 2015-2016 slate to get a series order, joining supernatural thriller Falling Water. Remaining in contention are Brooklyn Animal Control and Poor Richard’s Almanack.