An adaptation of shooter video game franchise Sniper Elite is on the way.
On board to direct the film is Brad Peyton, whose credits include Dwayne Johnson disaster movie San Andreas and monster movie Rampage. Peyton is also set to pen the screenplay with Gary Graham, who has written a still-unproduced spec script titled A Garden at the End of the World and a planned reboot of Will Smith film I Am Legend.
Producing are Marla Studios’ Jean-Julien Baronnet Jason Kingsley, who’s the CEO of the game’s developer studio, Rebellion.
As reported by Variety, the film’s plot will follow:
“An elite Allied sniper, Karl Fairburne, engage in a cat-and-mouse chase through the streets of London at the height of the Blitz during World War II, as he tries to save British Prime Minister Winston Churchill from a Nazi assassin.
Baronnet said that Fairburne’s backstory involves being a German working for the Allies and that the plot will explore the relationship between the opposing snipers – with a secret that’s stopping them from killing each other. The film is described as being something like a Sherlock Holmes meets The Bourne Identity thriller – a combo Baronnet said will make it stand apart from a film like Enemy at the Gates.
There’s still no word on who will star in the picture, which Baronnet said will not be the type of “dark” and “deep” sniper film that we’ve gotten before. The script will hold a “lightness” that will draw the snippers as “loveable.”
The Sniper Elite video game franchise is a third-person tactical shooter that promotes a less direct approach to combat, pushing players to use stealth and keep distance from enemies by sniping. Over 30 million units have been sold.
As of now, producers are reportedly aiming to make a deal to have distribution covered by a major studio or streamer – as opposed to lining up separate deals with distributors in different territories.
Check out the bloody red band gameplay trailer for Sniper Elite 4, which was released in 2017.