Chris Pratt's 'Cowboy Ninja Viking' Movie Delayed Indefinitely

Chris Pratt Walk of Fame Star

Chris Pratt Walk of Fame Star

One month before production had been slated to start, Universal has removed the Chris Pratt action vehicle Cowboy Ninja Viking from its release calendar and delayed production indefinitely, though the film remains in active development, Collider has exclusively learned.

The Hollywood trade reports that the film has been delayed and removed from its previously projected June 28, 2019 release date in order to retool the film and avoid rushing it to theaters.

The studio said it will be re-dated at a later time to accommodate production scheduling. And it may no longer be positioned as a summer tentpole.

Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World franchises) was set to star as a new kind of assassin in the film who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: Cowboy, Ninja, and Viking.

The film will be directed by Michelle MacLaren, who is best known for helming episodes of major TV series such as Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Leftovers and The Breaking Bad.

"Initially Riley [Rossmo] wanted to do something with a Dystopian near-future setting, "Lieberman said of writing the Cowboy Ninja Viking comics". She was originally set to make her feature film debut with Wonder Woman, but she bumped heads with DC and Warner Bros., and left under the guise of creative differences. Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter's War) penned an earlier draft, updating an original take by Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Together they wrote in Gunn's defense, though the likelihood of Disney going back on its decision remains low. 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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