From a well-received vocal performance in The LEGO Movie to becoming Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy, and taking us back to Isla Nublar next year in Jurassic World, Chris Pratt is definitely a star on the rise. It looks as though he may add another comic book film to his resume, as according to Variety (and initially reported by Collider), he’s being sought out by Universal Pictures in order to star in their adaptation of the Image Comics series Cowboy Ninja Viking. Pratt seemed to confirm this himself via Twitter late last night.
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, created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. The basic premise of the story is that a man named Duncan, who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder), 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 film rights for the series were first acquired in 2010 by the Walt Disney Company, which tried a hand at developing it for about two years before it placed the project into turnaround. From there, Universal picked the rights up in 2012. While initially Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, World War Z) was attached to direct, the piece in Variety and Pratt himself said that there’s no currently attached director. With a star onboard, though, its likely that Pratt has marked out time in his schedule for this new film among his other commitments (which likely include the sequels to both Lego Movie and Guardians), so a director likely isn’t too far behind.
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