‘John Wick’ Directors Could Helm Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

By January 29, 2015
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Cowboy Ninja Viking, the Image Comics series by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, is being turned into a movie. That you likely already know. You also already probably know that Chris Pratt of Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World fame is gearing up to star in it, as we reported here previously. It seems that the project is now gearing up to actually get some preliminary work done, as a pair of co-directors may be close to securing the job of bringing the imaginative series to life on the big screen.

According to Variety, directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, most recently known for their solid action film John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, have met with Chris Pratt to discuss the possibility of taking the project on. According to the trade’s sources, Pratt liked what he heard from the directors, gave his approval, and an offer to the duo has apparently gone out. Leitch and Stahleski had mostly been working as second unit directors on a plethora of different projects before John Wick‘s great box office performance landed a lot of eyes on them, even though Leitch went uncredited on the final film.

From a screenplay that has been tackled by Paul Wernick and Edward David Reese (Zombieland) along with a second draft by Craig Mazin (Identity Thief), Cowboy Ninja Viking was first published by Image Comics in 2009. The basic premise of the story is that our main character, Duncan, suffers from dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder) and becomes a hired killer after a failed secret counter-intelligence operation falls apart. Duncan exhibits the skills and personalities of a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking, and eventually has to take it upon himself to track down the other former members of the project.

The trade also states that the project was fast-tracked in order to be able to make use of Chris Pratt, who seems to be ever-growing in demand from major Hollywood studios. The actor has shown a great deal of passion for this project, but had stated on social media that he wanted to find a director with the right vision for the material before signing on the dotted line. If Pratt has approved of this duo, then that may be enough to kickstart this project in earnest.

For more on Cowboy Ninja Viking as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.