'John Wick' Directors in Talks for Chris Pratt's 'Cowboy Ninja Viking'
After directing last year's acclaimed action thriller John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, directing duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are lining up their next project, and it should be a big one. Variety reports the directing team is in early talks with Universal Pictures to be at the helm of Cowboy Ninja Viking, the adaptation of the graphic novel by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. Last fall, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt was reported to be attached to the project, which already made the wild sounding film appealing, but the addition of Leitch and Stahelski as directors makes this highly anticipated.
For those unaware, the film follows an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking. He 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.
There were rumblings that three different actors might play each part of the assassin's personality, but that has yet to be confirmed. However, since Pratt had to meet with the directors before they got an offer, it sounds like Pratt is certainly the lead actor, so that previous detail may no longer be happening. Anyway, the concept itself sounds cool as hell, and taking into account the quality of action that was put on screen in John Wick, this will likely be something to look forward to with great interest.