Planned as a 13-episode procedural, Crosshair is the latest English-language series project from Gaumont TV Europe after recently unveiling contemporary thriller 1001 during the April Mip-TV market. In Monte Carlo today, Gaumont vice CEO Christophe Riandée announced the new drama which will follow a former CIA assassin turned gunman-for-hire. Written by Ken Sanzel, whose credits include CBS’ long-running Numb3rs, Crosshair will be shot on location throughout Europe.
The procedural aspect of Crosshair will see each episode focus on the circumstances and implications of a single rifle shot. The story of the globetrotting thriller centers on John, a freelance sniper with a CIA blessing to go anywhere and shoot for almost anyone. After discovering he has a 16-year-old daughter with the only woman he nearly loved, and realizing that his partner tried to kill him, he drifts into a mid-life crisis. Questioning everything he’s seen and done, he begins to develop a mercurial moral code. There’s also a throughline which sees John attempt to untangle a large conspiracy while at the same time trying to protect his career status and life.
The fact that it’s being made as a procedural is notable given how primetime in Europe has been affected by a move towards event television in the U.S. European broadcasters have bemoaned a lack of procedurals that can easily be stacked for their audiences, and producers are looking to fill what could soon become a bigger void.
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Sanzel, a 10-year veteran of the New York City Transit Police Department, was exec producer and showrunner on Numb3rs from 2005-2010, and was also EP and showrunner on CBS’ NYC 22 and NBC’s 2013 Ironside reboot with Blair Underwood. His upcoming action feature, The Effects Of Blunt Force Trauma, has a fall release and stars Freida Pinto, Ryan Kwanten, and Mickey Rourke. Sanzel is repped by UTA.
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As part of Gaumont TV Europe’s expansion into scripted drama, Crosshair joins 1001 from Real Humans creator Lars Lundström, and William Boyd’s 10-episode period Berlin-set drama Spy City. Head of international co-productions, Elizabeth Dreyer, who joined Gaumont in late 2014, is spearheading the moves.
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