Chris Pratt’s long-in-development adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking has finally found a director. Michelle MacLaren, best known for her work on Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad, is set to direct the film based on the comic by A. J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo.
MacLaren has made a name for herself in the prestige television space, having worked on series like Westworld, The Leftovers and The Walking Dead. Cowboy Ninja Viking will be MacLaren’s feature film directorial debut after working in the television series and TV movie space for 29 years. MacLaren is also slated to direct The Nightingale, the story of two sisters separated at the beginning of World War II.
Cowboy Ninja Viking has been a pet project of Pratt’s for some time now. The actor signed on to play the film’s lead back in 2014, but the film rights to the property were acquired by Disney back in 2010. The most recent script was penned by Craig Mazin (The Hangover II) after an initial draft by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland).
The film is an adaptation of a comic series by A. J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo that ran from 2009 to 2010. Cowboy Ninja Viking follows Duncan, the victim of a program that weaponizes people with dissociative identity disorder, as he tracks down and eliminates other Triplets.
Debuting in theaters on June 28, 2019, Cowboy Ninja Viking is directed by Michelle MacLaren and stars Chris Pratt in the lead role.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)