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The Origins Of Shooter
The core American value of honor has become a scarce commodity in today's politically complicated and increasingly corrupt world – but it lies at the very heart of Bob Lee Swagger, the sniper hero of "Shooter,” who finds himself in the middle of his worst possible nightmare after he is framed as a Presidential assassin. Trusted by no one, hunted by an angry, frightened nation and haunted by his own past, Swagger must use every military, ballistic and psychological skill he has, and then some, to not only survive but try to restore the honor that means so much to him. Yet far more than his personal honor is at stake. His battle is also for the honor of the country he loves, as he finds himself caught in a dark web of deceit that reaches into the very heart of the U.S. government – which has been hijacked by a secret association bound only by its hunger for power and willingness to violate the public trust.

"Bob Lee Swagger is a phenomenal American character who brings to mind cinema heroes like John Wayne and other classic Western characters,” observes the film's producer, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, whose many hit films range from the classic sci-fi thriller "The Matrix” to the hit action-comedy "Ocean's Eleven” and Antoine Fuqua's Oscar®-winning "Training Day.” "Bob has that same uncompromising quality. His sense of right and wrong, and how he feels about what is justice and what isn't justice, are things you can really emotionally connect with inside this exciting conspiracy thriller.”

The character of Bob Lee Swagger first came to the fore in the best-selling novel Point of Impact by Pulitzer Prizewinning author Stephen Hunter, who also happens to be a film critic for The Washington Post. A blistering page-turner, the novel won widespread acclaim for its smartly plotted, authentically scary, edge-of-your-seat suspense, with Bob Lee Swagger declared "a thinking man's Rambo” by Publishers Weekly. The book's popularity launched a trilogy about Swagger that continued with the novels Black Light and Time to Hunt.

Hunter (who has a small role in "Shooter”) always suspected Bob Lee Swagger could be a great movie character – but only if the story was approached correctly. "Bob Lee Swagger is one of those extremely talented, dedicated, unbelievably courageous men that the movies have somehow never gotten right, even though they use him all the time,” comments Hunter. "But I wanted him to be portrayed as he really would be – to show what's great and inspirational about him, but at the same time, to capture his humanity and his complexity, his doubts and fears, as well. To me, the story asks: what is loyalty, what is honor, what is courage?” Those are the same questions that compelled screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin ("Lethal Weapon 4,” "The Devil's Advocate”) to take a crack at bringing Hunter's tale of a good man caught in a dark web of lies and corruption to the screen.

Many other accomplished writers had tried before, unsuccessfully, but Lemkin found his own creative way to adapt the 550-page novel filled with the minute details of a sniper's life and thought process into a tight, lean 120-page script.

In doing so, Lemkin's inspiration came not only from Hunter's carefully drawn characters and insider's understanding of men of action, but from another compelling source: the beloved, blockbuster, man-on-the-run conspiracy thrillers of the 1970s, which reflected the profound institutional distrust of those times, yet seemed palpably relevant right now.

"We took a lot of time looking at early conspiracy movies and thinking about how to move that kind of style into the present day,” explains Lemkin. "I don't know how many times we saw ‘Three Days of the Condor' or ‘The Parallax View' – but one of the things we were really trying to do with this story was t

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