Gaumont Backs Action Series From 'Numb3rs' Showrunner Ken Sanzel

Denis Allard
Vice-CEO of Gaumont, Christophe Riandee

The one-hour drama series 'Crosshair' will follow a former CIA assassin turned hitman for hire.

French studio Gaumont had greenlit its third English-language European series, backing Crosshair, a one-hour action drama from Numb3rs showrunner Ken Sanzel.

Gaumont, producer of U.S. shows including NBC's Hannibal and Hemlock Grove on Netflix, will bankroll the first, 13-episode season of Crosshair, which will be shot in Europe.

The series is described as a globetrotting thriller centered on John, a former CIA assassin turned freelance sniper for hire, who is undergoing a midlife crisis after he finds out about a 16-year-old daughter he never knew.

Christophe Riandee, vice-CEO of Gaumont, announced the deal for Crosshair during his keynote speech today at the Monte Carlo TV Film Festival. The project is the third Gaumont has backed under its new European-based televising production operation, Gaumont Television Europe.

The two other European series greenlit by Gaumont are espionage thriller Spy City, set in Berlin in the 1960s, which British screenwriter William Boyd is developing, and 1001, a modern-day thriller from Real Humans creator Lars Lundstrom.

“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," said Riandee. "It's a new idea and a new world for a procedural series."