Shooter, a 2007 action-thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, was not a major blockbuster upon its initial release. But in the years since Wahlberg’s growing star power, the film’s unusual blend of macho heroics, and hardline anti-war storyline has earned it a loyal following. Last year, USA greenlit a TV series based on the film with Ryan Phillippe taking over as the lead and The Accountant’s Cynthia Addai-Robinson (formerly of Arrow) co-starring.
The show’s debut has since been delayed twice – both times out of sensitivity to recent real-life shooting murders. Now, Addai-Robinson has revealed that news of the series’ official return may soon be coming.
In an interview with Screen Rant for her role as a crime-solving U.S. Treasury Department analyst in the Ben Affleck-starring thriller The Accountant, Addai-Robinson was asked about the status of Shooter, which was originally set to debut in July several months before the film was released. Addai-Robinson had this to say about the project, prior to the show’s new November premiere date being announced:
“We are going to be coming out this fall, so I think an announcement with more specifics is imminent – any day now. I’m excited for that project to be out in the world. It’s tonally different from The Accountant, but in terms of a good old-fashioned thriller I feel like it’s really something that, once it finds its way into the world, people will really enjoy. We completed it this summer, and we definitely wanted to be sensitive to current events and make sure that this show would find its audience at an appropriate time; and we’re really proud of the show and I had a wonderful experience working with everyone. Both of these projects, coming out around the same time, is really exciting for me!”
The original 2007 Shooter (both iterations are loosely based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter) featured Wahlberg as ex-military master-sniper Gunnery Sergeant Bob Lee Swagger, who leaves a life of wilderness exile for a mission he believes involves protecting the U.S. president but is actually a setup to frame him for an assassination. Surviving an attempt on his own life, Swagger seeks revenge and to clear his name, in the process discovering a conspiracy involving corrupt senators and oil industry lobbyists.
Philippe will play Swagger in the series, while Addai-Robinson’s character will be a female recasting of the Special Agent Memphis character played by Michael Pena in the original movie. Omar Epps, Eddie McClintock, Tembi Locke and Shantel VanSanten are also set to star.
Shooter debuts on USA on November 15th, 2016.