Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Cowboy Ninja Viking pulled from Universal's release schedule, production delayed indefinitely

Cowboy Ninja Viking pulled from Universal's release schedule, production delayed indefinitely

Priyanka Chopra has signed on to play the romantic interest of Chris Pratt's character in Universal Pictures' Cowboy Ninja Viking. Moreover, the speculations of PC walking out of Bharat' for this Hollywood project have been quite rife.

Based on the Image Comics graphic novel by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, Cowboy Ninja Viking was most recently scripted by Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) and Ryan Engle (The Commuter). Names like Marc Forster and "John Wick" veterans David Leitch and Chad Stahelski were mooted as possible directors, however "Breaking Bad" alum Michelle MacLaren was officially locked in for the role. Universal said it will be re-dated at a later time to accommodate production scheduling.

The film version of Cowboy Ninja Viking features a screenplay originally written by Zombieland and Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, which was rewritten by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II, Identity Thief). As for Chopra, her future with the film remains unclear. The film will be produced by Pratt along with Michael De Luca Productions, Entertainment 360, and Mark Gordon under his Entertainment One banner.

It's not uncommon for big movies to see set-backs, but with filming due to start in under a month, and production now delayed indefinitely, things don't look good for the film. The next Guardians sequel was all set to shoot in early 2019, but Marvel has yet to make a formal announcement about the movie and how it will move forward since Gunn got the axe. The program then transforms Duncan into an assassin/super-soldier, who utilizes the skills from his three personas - a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking. He'll also return to voice Emmet Brickowski in The Lego Movie 2 and he has the western The Kid coming up next year.

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