February 22, 2006

Paramount aiming at pair for “Shooter”

By Tatiana Siegel

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Mark Wahlberg has signed
on to topline and Antoine Fuqua is on board to helm the
political thriller "Shooter" for Paramount Pictures.

Based on Stephen Hunter's novel "Point of Impact,"
published by Bantam Books in 1993, the story centers on an ace
marksman -- living in self-exile in the Arkansas wilderness
after causing the death of an innocent person -- who is
persuaded by his former associates that they need his help to
prevent an assassination. Subsequently double-crossed and
framed for the presidential assassination he was trying to
prevent, he is forced to go on the run while trying to track
down the real killer and discover the truth about who betrayed

Jonathan Lemkin penned the screenplay. The studio is eyeing
a June start date for the di Bonaventura Pictures production.

The film will reteam Wahlberg and producer Lorenzo di
Bonaventura, who collaborated on the sleeper summer hit "Four
Brothers," which grossed nearly $75 million for Paramount.

Wahlberg, whose credits include "The Italian Job," "Planet
of the Apes" and "Three Kings," next appears in Martin
Scorsese's "The Departed."

Fuqua was attached to direct "By Any Means Necessary,"
another di Bonaventura-produced thriller for Paramount. That
project appears to be on the back burner now that "Shooter" has
been fast-tracked.

Fuqua has been developing several of his own projects via
his company, Fuqua Films, and recently closed a deal with HBO
to air "Bastards of the Party," a feature-length documentary
about the history of gang violence in Los Angeles. His feature
directorial credits include "Training Day" and "King Arthur."

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter