October 27, 2016

US TV series ‘Shooter’ shelved after attacks

A scene from US TV series ‘Shooter’

American network USA on Monday postponed sniper drama “Shooter” in the wake of the police killings in Louisiana, the latest in a string of releases hit by real-life violence.

Based on the 2007 film starring Mark Wahlberg, the show was originally due to air on July 19, but was pushed back a week after five officers were killed by a sniper in Dallas.

The network has now bumped it off the summer schedule altogether after three more officers were shot dead by a lone gunman in Baton Rouge on Sunday.

“After further consideration, USA Network, Paramount TV and Universal Cable Productions have decided to move the premiere of ‘Shooter’ to the fall,” USA network owner NBCUniversal said in a statement.

The show stars Ryan Phillippe as a marine coaxed out of retirement to stop the assassination of the president before he is framed for a crime he did not commit.

The announcement comes a month after a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando left 49 people dead, and 10 days after the Dallas shooting during a protest against the killings of two black men by police.

It was the second premiere in recent days hit by gun violence after action thriller “Bastille Day,” starring Idris Elba, was pulled from French theaters following the Nice truck attack.

The action movie, in which Elba plays a CIA agent aiming to thwart a terrorist plot to bomb Paris on the national holiday, was released in France on Wednesday.

The following day, 31-year-old Tunisian father of three Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel killed 84 people and wounded around 300 when he drove a truck into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day on the French Riviera.

According to Variety magazine, distributors StudioCanal suspended trailers and took down posters for the film on Friday, but decided to leave the decision on whether to pull the movie to individual cinemas.

The company announced on Saturday, however, that the movie had been withdrawn out of respect for the victims and their families.

Satellite broadcaster Sky postponed the launch of the second season of drama series “The Tunnel” after 32 died in the March attacks on Brussels airport and metro system.

Nicolas Boukhrief’s “Made in France,” which follows a journalist who infiltrates a jihadist cell planning attacks in the city center of Paris, was pulled twice due to terrorist attacks.

It was first delayed after jihadists struck the French capital in January 2015, killing 17 people at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and a Jewish supermarket.

Pretty Pictures picked up the film, but a new release date of November 2015 was shelved when the Islamic State group organized an attack on a Parisian concert hall, stadium and restaurants and bars, killing 130 people.

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