Watch: USA Network Debuts Trailer For ‘Shooter,’ The Television Adaption Of Stephen Hunter’s Novel

A few months ago when it was announced that USA Network had picked up Shooter, the television adaption of Stephen Hunter’s novel Point of Impact, I was intrigued. The problem, for me, was that I never really saw Ryan Phillippe, who they cast as Hunter’s protagonist, ex-marine sniper Bob Lee Swagger, as a good fit for the role.

If the newly released trailer from USA Network is any indication, well, let’s just say my concerns have intensified.

Here’s the thing, Shooter, the television show, isn’t just based on Hunter’s novel. It’s also based on the 2007 feature film starring Mark Wahlberg with the same name. That’s odd, in my opinion, because Hunter has written nine books in the Bob Swagger series, so it would make sense to see the character expanded upon in the television show.

But no, instead we’re getting what is essentially a season-long version of Wahlberg’s film with a lesser known actor who doesn’t seem all that believable as the main character.

It’s worth noting, too, that Wahlberg’s Paramount-produced film doesn’t follow the book that it’s based on all that closely. So It’ll be interesting to see whether the TV show stays truer to the book, the movie, or offers a different take on the character and story entirely.

Shooter is set to premiere on USA Network on Tuesday, July 19 at 10pm and stars Ryan Phillippe (The Lincoln Lawyer, Omar Epps (House), and Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Arrow).

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think!

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  1. I can understand the producers wanting to update Bob to modern times, rather than making him a Vietnam vet who’s now in his late 60s, but they could do better than simply remaking the Wahlberg film in a longer format. And you’re right about Phillippe not being Swagger, even a 21st century Swagger. He’s certainly not a good ol’ boy from Arkansas.

  2. The production values look good and Ryan Phillipe is a solid actor. I’m betting we’ll be pleasantly surprised by this. There’s also a possibility the producers want to adapt other titles in the series for future seasons if the show garners decent ratings. At the very least it’ll be light years ahead ofmthe train wreck that was XIII: the series.

  3. You’re exactly right Ryan. Why the heck would they just make a TV series from a movie? Same plot lines? Makes no sense. And Wahlberg is involved with this? I don’t get it…

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