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'Taken' Writer to Script Quasi-Sequel to 'Shooter' Called 'The Sword'

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June 6, 2012
Source: Heat Vision

Shooter

Antoine Fuqua's 2007 film Shooter was a barely-serviceable action movie that came and went without much fanfare, but it was actually based on a Stephen Hunter's 1993 novel called Point of Impact, the first of a series that featured the character of Bob Lee Swagger (played by Mark Wahlberg in Shooter). Now, THR says Taken writer Robert Mark Kamen has been hired to adapt the script for The Sword, a film based on the fourth book in Hunter's book series, The 47th Samurai. In the film, Swagger discovers a priceless sword that the Yakuza are willing to kill for and he must become a samurai in order to survive. More below!

There's no word yet on whether or not Wahlberg is attached or interested in reprising his role this time out or if the project will even address the events in Shooter, but this sounds like exactly the type of mid-level action film in which the actor normally shines. Kamen has extensive writing credits in the genre, with The Karate Kid, The Fifth Element, The Transporter, and the upcoming Taken 2 under his belt. This is the latest in a recent string of stories involving the Yakuza, including projects from John Woo, Warrior director Gavin O'Connor, and Safe House helmer Daniel Espinosa. There's no director or start date announced yet, but Kamen's normally got a pretty quick turnaround time on scripts, so we should be hearing more soon.

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  • Elbak
    Sounds pretty silly.
  • SuicidalOptimist
    "...he must become a samurai in order to survive." Pffffaahahahaha! No.
    • grimjob
      Seriously. This may have worked for the book (haven't read it), but this just sounds ridiculous!
    • Chazzy
      I read that line in the description and also just started laughing.  Haha no way...  just... no.
    • I love it when white guys become a samurai! Usually over a short period of 3 weeks or so, montaged together over the space of 2 minutes. It's not like being a samurai took a whole lifetime to learn for a Japanese man, but hey, white guys learn that shit in minutes. Plus, Bob Swagger has the one weapon, that ended that tradition of swordplay and honour, a gun. Use the Indiana Jones school of swordplay, shoot.
  • Nielsen700
    I really liked Shooter. A long time since I've seen it though.
    • Shooter was a good movie. The beginning had a modern feel of the beginning of Commando. Lone man living in the woods with 'off the charts' experience. Arnie's version was slightly creepier in that he lived miles away from anyone with his teenage daughter, h ehe h.
  • the last samurai was awful and so was shooter, this sounds like a horrible baby of that idea, like a junky early afternoon flick to catch on basic cable.
  • Mscuillo
    I loved Shooter, but, this just sounds completely absurd! If this monstrosity gets made, I  imagine it will be a Netflix classic, and hit the $5 Wal Mart bin 6 months after release!!
  • Southpaw
    I liked shooter and have read a few of the Swagger books, but this one was not one of the better ones. I hope they manage to make the white man turn samurai more believable than in the book, otherwise this movies' going to suck worse than Contraband...
  • Huckebein23
    The book was fairly awesome and I hope it translates well into film. As a long time fan of Stephen Hunter and his character Bob Lee Swagger, it was easy to believe the transformation of a old and gruff Marine with years of experience into a samurai (in essence). Of course the book fleshed out the circumstances in which Bob Lee under goes this transformation and his drive to follow things through and I just hope that with Robert Mark Kamen attached to it, the story isn't butchered to much.
  • Loser
    This sounds awesome 80´s nostalgic awesome
  • Loser
    hope Marky Mark (he will always be that to me) reprise his role he fit perfectly as Swagger

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