NBC has bagged the miniseries “The Reaper” from The Weinstein Company (TWC). The show, which was conceptualized for television following the box-office success of “American Sniper,” is based on the book written by Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving. Read on for more about this update.
As MNG reported back in February, TWC plans on developing a five-part miniseries about the hero and American soldier Nicholas Irving, who set a record as one the ranger’s sharpest shooters. Irving earned the nickname “The Reaper” because of his 33 kills while in service, and wrote his account in the military in the book “The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers.”
Following the announcement of its development, NBC was quick to make a purchase of the show from TWC, as reported on Deadline. The report also says that instead of the planned five episodes, the network has ordered for a six-hour miniseries, with production set to begin in the summer. There are, however, no writers nor actors attached to the project as of press time.
Irving is the very first African-American sniper of the 3rd battalion of the U.S. Rangers. In mid-2009, during the course of four-month campaign, Irving, the master sniper, netted 33 kills, the highest record during a single deployment. He is honored in the military with an AR-15 rifle that bears his name.
Seriable also reported that TWC actually bought the rights to Irving’s book a week after it was published in Jan. 2015 by St. Martin’s Press. In it, Irving wrote about his training as an expert in special operations and combat missions, with the thrust of ridding the world of terrorism. He also talked about the sacrifices of his teammates, as well as the brotherhood that happens among soldiers fighting in battle.
Users on Goodreads, a social site for book lovers, have given the book four and half stars out of five, describing the autobiography as violent and graphic, but accurately delivering an authentic first-person account of what it’s like to be a military sniper.
We’ll be keeping tabs on other stories about this miniseries, so check back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for the updates.