Hollywood darling Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Lego Movie”) will star in Universal’s adaption of “Cowboy Ninja Viking” while the studio eyes David Leitch and Chad Stahelski to co-direct.
While Chris Pratt had been rumored to be attached to the project, Variety has confirmed his involvement. Pratt, who has tweeted his excitement about the project and wanted to make sure the film found the right directors, has reportedly met with Leitch and Stahelski and an offer has gone out to the directors.
Released in October 2009, “Cowboy Ninja Viking” was originally a graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, published under the same name. This would add yet another comic book adaptation to Pratt’s list of upcoming films. The graphic novel follows the child of a psychotherapist who recruits patients with multiple personality disorder to create a unit of counter-intelligence agents called the Triplets. When those agents become out-of-control assassins, the deadliest Triplet of them all, Cowboy Ninja Viking, is called in to take them down.
Since Pratt is in such high demand, the production of the film has been fast-tracked. The actor is also attached to the “Magnificent Seven” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.” Additionally, he was rumored for the new “Indiana Jones” film as recently as Tuesday.
Stahelski and Leitch rose to popularity following the success of their film, “John Wick,” which overperformed at the box office last October. Leitch went uncredited for his part in that film.
Mark Gordon, Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner will co-producing.
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