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