Universal has pulled Cowboy Ninja Viking back from its June 28, 2019 release date, amid hot rumors of heavy turbulence on the set. Sources said that the film came to a screeching halt yesterday and there were rumors there might be some changes in elements. Studio has confirmed the picture has pulled back from its fast track and will go back into development. It had been slated to begin production in mid-September.
Chris Pratt and Priyanka Chopra were set to star, with Game of Thrones and Westworld director Michelle MacLaren helming the story about a new type of assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas — that of cowboy, ninja and viking.
The budget is big enough that the studio wants to make sure things are right before production begins, and the script was still being developed at a stage late enough to create apprehension. MacLaren is getting her feature directing assignment on a huge project, this after directing episodes of Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Walking Dead and Better Call Saul. Pratt expected to make the picture before reprising in the third Guardians of the Galaxy film, which is still expected to happen despite the rancor surrounding the removal of James Gunn by Disney for old offensive social media comments. Easier to get the script where needed and pick up a later slot with the star.
Craig Mazin wrote an earlier draft of the screenplay with an original draft by Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese.
The Image Comics graphic novel is by AJ Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo.