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. The film was expected to be a summer tentpole for Universal, which had dated it for June 28, 2019, though sources say the studio wasn't eager to rush to meet that release date, given that it has franchise hopes for the property.
According to Variety, star Pratt and director Michelle MacLaren are still on board the film, which will reportedly be given a new release date. Should the project get off the ground in the future, Chopra would likely be the first choice for the role, though her involvement would all depend on her schedule aligning with a new production schedule.
It looks like Cowboy Ninja Viking might not have the best luck getting to the big screen.
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The novel revolves around an assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking. She was originally set to make her feature film debut with Wonder Woman, but she bumped heads with DC and Warner Bros., and left under the guise of creative differences. She is also developing The Nightingale, a WWII thriller that is set up over at Tr-Star.
While previously scripted by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland, Deadpool), the most recent draft was penned by Ryan Engle (Rampage, Breaking In). James Gunn was sacked over a serious of abhorrent tweets, and though Pratt and his cast mates have lobbied Disney to hire their boss back, it doesn't look likely. MacLaren and Pratt will still remain attached to the project, with Chopra staying on if the scheduling ultimately works out. This was before he was the [Cowboy Ninja Viking] we know. What is a cowboy-ninja-Viking you might ask?