Way back in 2014 it was announced that a film version of Image Comics’ Cowboy Ninja Viking was in development, and that the film would star Chris Pratt. Since then we’ve heard pretty much nothing though, and most of us have been questioning whether or not the film was still happening.
Apparently it is.
The latest news is that not only is the adaptation still happening, but Universal has even given the film a release date. That’s right, Cowboy Ninja Viking is going to apparently hit screens June 28, 2019. Pratt is still attached, and the only real competition in theaters will be Paramount’s seventh Transformers film.
Oh god, they’re going to make so many of those Transformers movies…
Anyway — for those unfamiliar with Cowboy Ninja Viking, it’s about an assassin with multiple personality disorder. Created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, the series debuted in October 2009 through Image Comics’ partner studio Shadowline. The comic ran ten issues, ending its run in November of 2010.
The Witchblade comics may be headed to the small screen again, as NBC is currently developing a new television series based on the property. This would be the third series based on Marc Silvestri’s Witchblade: the first being the TNT live actin series which aired from 2001 through 2002, and the second being the 24 episode 2006 anime series produced by GONZO.
Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) and Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) are currently working on the script, which will follow lead character Detective Sara Pezzini who is in possession of a bracelet which turns out to be the titular Witchblade. There are some differences with this new version (instead of New York the series will be set in San Fransisco), but it’s still pretty Witchblade-y.
Silvestri, Mendelsohn, Brian Young, Julie Weitz, and Matt Hawkins will executive produce, and like all shows this early in development it may end up going nowhere.
Screenrant is reporting that Chris Pratt has been cast in the film adaptation of Image Comics’ Cowboy Ninja Viking. For those unfamiliar with the property, it’s about an assassin with multiple personality disorder.
I’ll let you figure out the rest.
Chris Pratt, of course, was the breakout star of two of this last year’s biggest films (Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy), and is in the cast of the forthcoming Jurassic World. As a brilliant comedic actor, he’s kind of the perfect fit for pretty much any quirky lead.
He’s the Benedict Cumberbatch of action comedy.
…I think I just came up with the best idea for a buddy cop film.