“Crosshair,” which comprises 13 one-hour episodes and unfolds across Europe, follows John, former CIA assassin turned freelance sniper, who drifts into a mid-life crisis, after discovering he has a teenage daughter and finding out his partner tried to kill him. Throughout the series, John tries to untangle a large conspiracy while having to protect his career status and life.
The series was unveiled today by Christophe Riandee, vice CEO of Gaumont, during his opening keynote speech at the 55th Monte Carlo TV Film Festival.
“We are starting to see a huge trend into drama production making Europe a new frontier for television and a project like ‘Crosshair’ is the perfect fit. It’s a new idea and a new world for a procedural series,’ said Riandee.
Elizabeth Dreyer, the head of international co-productions for Gaumont Television Europe, added,”Ken Sanzel has created a true-life, action-adventure thriller, with strong characters and a story that can move easily around Europe.”
“Crosshair” marks the third project of the newly-launched Gaumont Television Europe banner. The company, which is headquarter in Paris, is also developing “Spy City,” an English-language series shedding light on the intense spy game in early 1960s Berlin with British novelist/screenwriter William Boyd attached, as well as “1001,” a modern-day thriller created by Lars Lundström (“Real Humans”).
Gaumont, the world’s oldest studio which celebrated its 120th anniversary this year, also runs Gaumont International Television, an L.A.-based studio headed by Katie O’Connell. GIT’s credits include “Hannibal” and “Hemlock Grove.”