As networks prepare to ring in the new year with fresh, new pilots and tv series, viewers and audiences have a chance to take a closer look at some of the latest programs heading to the small-screen. Ryan Phillippe, mostly known for his performances in Cruel Intentions and Way of the Gun , is set to star in the USA tv series adaptation of Shooter, a movie based on the novel Point of Impact written by Stephen Hunter. The 2007 film adaptation starred Mark Wahlberg as the self-exiled ex-marine sniper who is recruited by a clandestine organization to thwart an assassination of the president. The tv series seeks to take the story in a slightly different direction, but promises to stay true to many of the elements contained within the novel.
Here's the basic plot outline:
A top Marine sniper, Bob Lee Swagger, leaves the military after a mission goes horribly awry and disappears without a trace. Swagger is coaxed back into service after high-profile government officials convince him to help thwart a plot against the President of the United States. Swagger realizes he has been betrayed and becomes the target of a nationwide manhunt. Instead of hiding, he seeks revenge against some of the most powerful and corrupt leaders in the free world.
This project hasn't been getting alot of buzz due to headlines being dominated by bigger projects concerning upcoming blockbuster movies, Marvel films, comic-book films, or the latest movie-star-turned-producer/director related film or tv project. The 2007 film was a hit with some critics and fans, but other parties thought differently of it. USA network hopes to attract fans of the movie and the book to take a peak at the show when the pilot finally airs. The network's latest successes such as the Psychological hacker drama Mr. Robot and the family dystopian drama The Colony have kept them in the game with more competitive studios. Ryan Phillippe recently finished his brief run on the crime-drama series Secrets and Lies and is now free to go ahead with the series. Phillipe has had few triumphs following his popularity in the early 2000's so this show probably means alot to him in terms of bouncing back in a big way. We'll find out if the series manages to hit the ground running when it premieres later this year.