Inspired by the worldwide box office success of the movie “American Sniper,” The Weinstein Company (TWC) announced that it will be developing a TV miniseries with a similar theme. Find out the details about this news story below.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the company is set on producing a miniseries based on the autobiography of Special Operations Direct Action Sniper Nicholas Irving. The book is entitled “The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers.” In the story, Irving wrote about his experiences while serving in the U.S. Army 3rd Ranger Battalion. During his service in the military, Irving was regarded as one of its deadliest snipers with 33 kills, thus earning him the nickname “The Reaper.”
TWC is planning to develop a five-part miniseries based on Irving. It was also reported that the studio will be airing this for five straight nights. At the moment, a network has yet to be attached to the project.
“The Reaper is a gripping story about a great American soldier that we are so proud to be a part of. Nick Irving’s true bravery and heroism will make for some of the most riveting television ever seen and inspire patriotism in anyone who experiences it,” said Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of TWC, in its announcement, as published on THR.
TWC enlisted Brendan Deneen, the editor of Irving’s novel, for the project with Marc Resnick from Macmillian Entertainment serving as executive producer. TWC executives Lauren O’Connor and Mark Velez will be overseeing the show’s production. The company has previously worked with Deenen, and Macmillian Entertainment in the TV adaptation of “The Hour of Peril.”
The development deal comes after “American Sniper” from Warner Bros. The film’s perfomance has been breaking box office records in theaters, totaling its earnings to $316.2 million so far. The film, which is based on the life of sniper Chris Kyle, is a frontrunner at awards shows. It was directed by Clint Eastwood.
THR also reported that Weinstein apparently was in full support of the film during the Sundance Film Festival last January.
Pre-production for “The Reaper” (tentative title) is slated to begin this summer. Who do you have in mind to star in this series?
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