Chris Pratt Now Attached to Star in Universal's 'Cowboy Ninja Viking'
After becoming a household name with the leading role of Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, there's no denying that Chris Pratt is a big star now. His profile will get even bigger next summer after he stars in Jurassic World, and now Collider reports the actor has lined up a new project. Reportedly, Pratt is attached to star in an adaptation of writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo's graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking. And while that sounds like a fake project, we can assure you it's merely a wild genre tale following an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking.
The assassin works for a secret government program made up of other similarly skilled agents known as triplets, all with different personalities combined to make them deadly and somewhat crazy. However, our hero, Duncan, decides to make a run for it and track down the billionaire mastermind behind the program, and that's when the real adventure begins. The source notes that the script currently depicts the cowboy, ninja and viking personalities as three different people, so Pratt may not be on screen the whole time, but that's merely speculation at this point, and that concept in the script may not stick.
Previously, World War Z director Marc Forster was going to be at the helm of the film, but he's since fallen away from the project and a new helmer has not been locked down yet. Previously, the script came from Zombieland and Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, but it's not clear who has stepped up to rewrite it since then. Universal picked up the project when it was in turnaround at Disney after the original script was said to be "too edgy," so hopefully Universal will let it fly freely without trying to restrain the craziness that the graphic novel offers. But of course, there's no telling how soon this will get off the ground since Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is on the way, so stay tuned.