Chris Pratt’s Cowboy Ninja Viking adaptation will start shooting in movie hot-bed Vancouver, British Columbia in June 2018. Universal has yet to settle on a director for the project. Pratt first became involved way back in 2014 and remains the only cast member currently attached. Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick penned a script when the movie was still at Disney. Rewrites came later from Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part III).
The original Cowboy Ninja Viking comic, by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, debuted in 2008 from Image Comics. The story revolves around Duncan, an assassin with three personalities: a cowboy, a ninja and a viking. Once employed by a shady government agency, Duncan now hunts down his fellow former agents, called “triplets.” As an example of tone, one of Duncan’s fellow “triplets” has the personalities of a hitman, a Navy SEAL and a roadie for Dokken. Indeed, it sounds like something Pratt’s Parks and Rec character Andy Dwyer might have dreamed up. Pratt himself has had to reassure people the movie is “not a joke.”
Omega Underground reports that Cowboy Ninja Viking will, believe it or not, start shooting in Vancouver beginning in June 2018. The announcement of a start date could indicate that Universal is finally ready to name a director. The studio originally sought John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski to helm the project but they are long-gone.
Chris Pratt of course already serves as the front-man for a pair of incredibly successful franchises in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World. With his box office clout well-established, Pratt could choose to tackle smaller projects and build his reputation as an actor. Instead, he continues to focus on large studio movies. In 2016 he released the sci-fi “romance” Passengers and the Western The Magnificent Seven, both of which disappointed at the box office. In coming years, Pratt has more big movies arriving, including the mega-team-up The Avengers: Infinity War. His slate includes only one smaller project, the Western The Kid directed by Vincent D’Onofrio.
As an action hero, Pratt leans into his good-natured goofball persona and mostly avoids any heavy lifting. When he does try for more emotional depth, as in Passengers, his limitations as an actor arguably become evident. In Cowboy Ninja Viking he will play a character with three personalities, which could be a nice acting stretch for him. Or perhaps he will just be Chris Pratt in a cowboy hat, a ninja mask and a Viking helmet.
Source: Omega Underground
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