Cowboy Ninja Viking is indefinitely delayed for unknown reasons

Danny Woods
August 9, 2018

Collider reports Universal's Image Comics adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking starring Chris Pratt has been delayed indefinitely as the studio has pulled the release date from its calendar.

No explanation was provided for the shake-up, though the studio noted that the film remains in active development, with plans to reschedule production and slot a new release date at a later time.

Reports say the film, which was to be the feature debut from Canadian "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones" director Michelle MacLaren, had been suffering from script issues.

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The novel revolves around an assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking.

Cowboy Ninja Viking tells the story of Duncan, a man who suffers from multiple personality disorder before he's made into a "triplet" after participating in a top-secret government program that creates deadly super soldiers. He already has Jurassic World with Universal, which released Fallen Kingdom this summer to huge box office numbers. And it sounded like things were coming together nicely as Priyanka Chopra, perhaps best known for her turn in The Rock's Baywatch movie, joined the action comedy last week. MacLaren and Pratt will still remain attached to the project, with Chopra staying on if the scheduling ultimately works out. She is also developing The Nightingale, a WWII thriller that is set up over at Tr-Star.

Universal Pictures has kicked the cowboy to the curb, nixed the ninja, and is no longer vouching for the viking. Pratt will produce with Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Michael De Luca, Mark Gordon and Sara Scott.

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