Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ pulled from Universal’s release schedule

Lawrence Kim
August 8, 2018

Universal's Chris Pratt-led adaptation of A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo's Cowboy Ninja Viking has been pulled from the studio's release schedule, according to Variety.

"Cowboy Ninja Viking" is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo.

Collider first reported that the studio had removed the Pratt vehicle from its upcoming release schedule, while noting that the project is still in development and other talent, like Game of Thrones director Michelle MacLaren, are still attached.

Even with this setback, Cowboy Ninja Viking reportedly remains in active development at Universal, with the goal of making the film into a franchise.

Despite having one of the biggest movie stars on the planet at the moment, who is now headlining two franchises in Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, Cowboy Ninja Viking has been delayed by Universal for an unspecified amount of time.

Chris Pratt stars as a the title character, an assassin who can manifest the best skills of all three personas. She recently directed HBO's The Deuce pilot episode. Together they wrote in Gunn's defense, though the likelihood of Disney going back on its decision remains low. The next Guardians sequel was all set to shoot in early 2019, but Marvel has yet to make a formal announcement about the movie and how it will move forward since Gunn got the axe. This was before he was the [Cowboy Ninja Viking] we know. Pratt is still producing the project with Michael De Luca, Mark Gordon and Entertainment 360, and Universal is expected to re-date the project at a later time. He'll also return to voice Emmet Brickowski in The Lego Movie 2 and he has the western The Kid coming up next year. What is a cowboy-ninja-Viking you might ask?

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