Ryan Phillippe will put his marksmanship to the test in USA's Shooter. According to The Hollywood Reporter, USA has bought a 10-episode series based on the 2007 film starring Mark Wahlberg (which was inspired by Stephen Hunter's novel Point of Impact). Phillippe will take over from Wahlberg as Bobby Lee Swagger, a former Marine sharpshooter who is framed for trying to assassinate the president. House alum Omar Epps will co-star.
"Shooter is an uncompromising exploration of the definition and evolution of a hero," said USA's executive vice-president of original programming. Jackie de Crinis, "The conspiracy and drama that unfolded throughout the first hour had us completely immersed, and we look forward to more."
The series is a collaboration between USA and Paramount TV, which produced the 2007 film. John Hlavin wrote the pilot script, and will executive produce with Wahlberg and Wahlberg's Ballersproducing partner Stephen Levinson. Phillippe also has a producing role.
Shooter is just the latest in a stream of movies-turned-into-TV show series. CBS premiered Limitless this fall, Rush Hour will air next month and the network has a Training Day remake in the works. ABC's take on Uncle Buck is also on the way. Meanwhile, NBC has a Taken series and Cruel Intentions. Fox has had the worst luck with the concept, ditching Minority Report earlier this year and passing on an Urban Cowboy reboot.
No premiere date has been set for Shooter.