Universal’s film adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking, A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo’s 2009 Image graphic, has finally moved out of development hell and now has a release date: Friday June 28, 2019.
The film, which has long had Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt attached for acting duties will also see him take on a producer role alongside Mark Gordon, Michael De Luca and Guymon Casady.
As recently as April Pratt was assuring fans that the project was not dead, but even now, the film has yet to secure a director. World War Z director Marc Foster was initially attached to the film and later, David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, the duo behind John Wick, were in talks to replace him, but little has been said about those plans since 2015.
Originally optioned by Disney in 2010, before moving to Universal, Cowboy Ninja Viking follows Duncan, a hired gun whose psyche is fractured into the individual personas of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking. Duncan was part of a secret government counter-intelligence program that preyed on people with dissociative identity disorder, turning them into killer operatives whose skills are split among their personalities. When the program is dissolved, Duncan is sent to hunt down the operatives, called triplets, who have gone rogue.
Starring Chris Pratt, Cowboy Ninja Viking arrives in theaters on June 28, 2019.
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