NBC has greenlighted production of a miniseries focusing on a sniper, according to an exclusive report by Deadline.com’s Nellie Andreeva.
The six-hour mini, “The Reaper,” is based on the book “The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers,” by Nicholas Irving of the U.S. Army 3rd Ranger Battalion.
“I hear NBC went aggressively after the project, announced by the Weinstein Co. a month ago, and bought it preemptively. A writer for the mini is expected to be named soon,” Andreeva writes.
The report adds: “During a four-month period in mid-2009, Irving tallied an astounding 33 kills as a master sniper, in addition to setting records for enemy kills on a single deployment. His reputation as one of the great military snipers ever is such that he actually has an AR-15 rifle named after him.”
The move follows the success of another sniper project, the Bradley Cooper feature film “American Sniper,” which was adapted from the memoirs of another highly decorated U.S. sniper, Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.