Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ pulled from Universal’s release schedule

  • Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ pulled from Universal’s release schedule

Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ pulled from Universal’s release schedule

Universal Pictures has announced they have indefinitely delayed Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking. The film was earlier scheduled to release on June 28, 2019.

The film had cast Pratt as Duncan, an assassin able to channel the fighting skills of a cowboy, ninja and Viking after a bout of shadowy government psychiatric conditioning. According to Hollywood entertainment portal, the producers of Cowboy Ninja Viking have removed the film from the release calendar.

Universal's Cowboy Ninja Viking has reportedly hit a speedbump. This meant shooting would need to start soon.

Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra had been in negotiations to join Pratt, playing the female lead; if the film moves ahead in the future, it's expected that the role will still be hers, provided she can accommodate the new schedule. The studio didn't bother giving the movie a new release date, but word is that the production is still active and will happen eventually.

While the film is now delayed indefinitely, according to Collider it's said to still be very much in active development. Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones), who had been expected to make her feature directing debut on the pic, is also still on board. She is also developing The Nightingale, a WWII thriller that is set up over at Tr-Star. A film version of the graphic novel has been in the works since at least 2010, with the project being passed from Marc Forster (World War Z) to David Leitch (John Wick) to MacLaren, who was working from a script originally drafted by Deadpool's Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese. The movie is being looked at as a potential franchise in this time of prequels and sequels.