Collider reports that Universal Pictures has pushed the pause button on the Cowboy Ninja Viking movie production, which was scheduled to start in one month. Chris Pratt is still attached to star and produce the film, which was scheduled for a June 28, 2019 release. The site says the Cowboy Ninja Viking movie remains in active development, though it did not state a reason for the delay.
The big screen adaptation of the comic book will be directed by Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones). Priyanka Chopra (Baywatch, Quantico) was previously reported to have signed on to play the love interest of Pratt in the film.
Based on the Image Comics title by AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, the screenplay was written by Dan Mazeau, Ryan Engle, Craig Mazin, Paul Wernick and David Reese. Image Comics describes Cowboy Ninja Viking as follows:
“It started with Dr. Sebastian Ghislain: rogue psychotherapist/covert op/DJ. Tasked with creating a counter-intelligence unit, he turned to those long thought useless to society… patients with Multiple Personality Disorder. These agents became known simply as Triplets. Misguided? Yeah. Impractical? Sure. But did it work? Absolutely not. Now someone has located each Triplet and created a band of ridiculously disturbed, but highly effective assassins. Our only hope? A Triplet known as Cowboy Ninja Viking!”
Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner are producing alongside Michael De Luca, Mark Gordon and Pratt.