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Robert Mark Kamen hired to pen The Sword, a sequel to Mark Wahlberg's Shooter

Jun. 7, 2012by: Paul Shirey

Veteran screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen (TAKEN, THE FIFTH ELEMENT) has been tapped by producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura to write a follow up of sorts to the Mark Wahlberg starrer SHOOTER, entitled THE SWORD.  SHOOTER was based on the novel Point of Impact by Stephen Hunter, who has written a series of novels based on Wahlberg's character, Bob Lee Swagger, a retired Marine Sniper who always seems to find his way into some violent situations.

THE SWORD will be based on Hunter's novel The 47th Samurai, which is another link in the chain of Bob Lee Swagger's adventures, this time involving the delivery of a mysterious samurai sword to Tokyo.

The synopsis goes like this (from THR):

THE SWORD's story sees Swagger tasked to find a sword his father won during the Battle of Iwo Jima. When he delivers it to its owner in Tokyo, it’s discovered the sword is actually a priceless and historic katana, with shadowy forces willing to kill to retrieve it. Swagger is thrown into a byzantine Japanese culture and the yakuza underworld and, in the words of the book, needs to learn that “in order to survive samurai, you must become samurai.”

I wasn't a big fan of Antoine Fuqua's version of SHOOTER.  Wahlberg was fine in the role, but Bob Lee Swagger is a MUCH older character in the books and I always envisioned Bruce Willis or Tommy Lee Jones in the role.  I haven't read The 47th Samurai, but have read Black Light and Time To Hunt by Hunter and found them to be damn good action novels.  Swagger is a well-written character and it'd be nice to see him portrayed by someone that's more suited to his age and stature.

No word on who may direct THE SWORD or if Wahlberg will be pursued to star in the next Bob Lee Swagger adventure.  I'm hoping they go with one of my previous choices above. 

I'd like to see Swagger done right, myself. 

Kamen's work can be seen onscreen next when TAKEN 2 opens on October 5, 2012.

Kate Mara in Shooter may be the only reason to watch the movie...

Extra Tidbit: Any other Bob Lee Swagger fans in Schmoeland?

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12:36AM on 06/08/2012
47 Samurai is Hunter's best book in the Swagger line. It's just a well written book all around. Can't wait to see what the movie does, and I hope it holds true to the novel.
47 Samurai is Hunter's best book in the Swagger line. It's just a well written book all around. Can't wait to see what the movie does, and I hope it holds true to the novel.
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8:01PM on 06/07/2012

Enjoyable Book

Point of Impact was a good book and a pretty good adaptation as a movie. The 47th Samurai was a good read. I'm an Iaido student and enjoyed reading the training & technical aspects covered in the book. It's quite a departure from the regular BLS mythos but was good enough that I would pay to see a movie that's a reasonably faithful adaptation of the book. Most readers/viewers will miss most of the point of Japanese style sword fighting; it's not about speed or strength, it's technique and
Point of Impact was a good book and a pretty good adaptation as a movie. The 47th Samurai was a good read. I'm an Iaido student and enjoyed reading the training & technical aspects covered in the book. It's quite a departure from the regular BLS mythos but was good enough that I would pay to see a movie that's a reasonably faithful adaptation of the book. Most readers/viewers will miss most of the point of Japanese style sword fighting; it's not about speed or strength, it's technique and smoothness that makes the person wielding a katana dangerous.
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5:07PM on 06/07/2012
I had fun watching Shooter and I have no problem whatsoever with a sequel but "in order to survive samurai, you must become samurai" has to be the cheesiest line I saw recently.
I had fun watching Shooter and I have no problem whatsoever with a sequel but "in order to survive samurai, you must become samurai" has to be the cheesiest line I saw recently.
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4:59PM on 06/07/2012

Shooter was okay...

It wasn't particularly good, but it wasn't bad either... When the sequel rolls around, I'll probably wait for the video to check it out... Unless of course, Kate Mara reprises her role... I don't know whether it was the southern drawl, the red hair, or that really tight white t-shirt, but I can't seem to pass up anything she's in.
It wasn't particularly good, but it wasn't bad either... When the sequel rolls around, I'll probably wait for the video to check it out... Unless of course, Kate Mara reprises her role... I don't know whether it was the southern drawl, the red hair, or that really tight white t-shirt, but I can't seem to pass up anything she's in.
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4:33PM on 06/07/2012
I'm all over this. I enjoyed Shooter and it gets replay value for me for being a throwback action-thriller. Hope the sequel is just like the first one, only better.
I'm all over this. I enjoyed Shooter and it gets replay value for me for being a throwback action-thriller. Hope the sequel is just like the first one, only better.
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3:47PM on 06/07/2012

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I enjoyed Shooter, not the best movie ever but I'd be down for a sequel. I also happen to think Bob Lee Swagger might be the best name ever.
I enjoyed Shooter, not the best movie ever but I'd be down for a sequel. I also happen to think Bob Lee Swagger might be the best name ever.
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3:36PM on 06/07/2012
I dug SHOOTER, so I'm down for another one. This could become something akin to the Rambo series for Wahlberg if handled right.
I dug SHOOTER, so I'm down for another one. This could become something akin to the Rambo series for Wahlberg if handled right.
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2:49PM on 06/07/2012
You know that creativity is at an all-time low when a movie like Shooter gets a sequel
You know that creativity is at an all-time low when a movie like Shooter gets a sequel
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2:15PM on 06/07/2012
I wouldn't mind a sequel to Shooter and you know TNT will be all over this since they play Shooter every other weekend
I wouldn't mind a sequel to Shooter and you know TNT will be all over this since they play Shooter every other weekend
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