Cowboy Ninja Viking is one of the most odd, yet interesting projects on the block right now. Based on the graphic novel from Image Comics, the adaptation has been on the circuit for a while after Universal announced it a few years back. This was when Chris Pratt came roaring onto the scene as a big name, as Universal nabbed him to star in the project. Since then, because Pratt has been seemingly quite busy with two little franchise known as Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World, it went into a hiatus period as the film didn’t make any forward progress, until now that is.
Critically acclaimed director Michelle MacLaren has officially signed on to director the project for Universal. Known for directing some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad, as well as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and Westworld, MacLaren has been wanting to take a stab at film for quite a while. She had been the initial choice by Warner Bros. to direct Wonder Woman, but she departed the project after a few months due to those damn creative differences. And as we all know, Patty Jenkins took over and it became a massive success.
This is quite exciting as MacLaren’s name has been mentioned for a number of projects over the last few years. While her departure from Wonder Woman was unfortunate at the time, she was poised to break through in film one way or another. She just finished duties as executive producer on the first season of The Deuce for HBO, and with Season 1 now out of the way, she’s looking to something a bit bigger.
If you think Cowboy Ninja Viking sounds nuts, don’t worry, it is. Basically, the story focuses on an assassin who holds the skills of each persona. That alone already makes it interesting to see which route they go with the film, especially with Chris Pratt in the role. But it seems as if comedy may play a decent size role, as Zombieland and Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese wrote the first draft, with Craig Mazin (Identity Thief, The Hangover Part III) responsible for the latest draft. Again, that only makes sense with Pratt in the role.
Chris Pratt has wrapped production on Avengers 4, which lines this film up next for the galactic a-hole. With a solid June 28th, 2019 release date, it sounds like Cowboy Ninja Wiking will start filming sometime this year. What do you think? Is MacLaren a good choice for directing duties? How about the story and concept? Is it too crazy or just crazy enough for you?