Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Pulled From Release Calendar, Delayed Indefinitely

  • Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Pulled From Release Calendar, Delayed Indefinitely

Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Pulled From Release Calendar, Delayed Indefinitely

It's been reported by Collider that "Cowboy Ninja Viking" - which was set to be Michelle MacLaren's feature-length directorial debut - has been put on hold indefinitely and removed from Universal's release schedule.

According to sources, the studio delayed the film rather than rushing it out to make the June 28 deadline.

Chris Pratt stars as a the title character, an assassin who can manifest the best skills of all three personas.

Cowboy Ninja Viking was originally slated for a June 2019 release date, but Collider's report also states that "the studio wasn't eager to rush to meet that release date" because "it has franchise hopes for the property".

There were reports that Priyanka opted out of Bollywood star Salman Khan's Bharat to be a part of the Universal Pictures project.

While the sequel to 2015's Jurassic World, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, has performed admirably at the summer box office, actor Chris Pratt and his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy cast members have been plagued by the recent firing of writer-director James Gunn.

Reportedly the movie was supposed to start shooting in London next month.

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. Still listed as being in "active development", there's no word yet on if and when the adaptation will get off the ground again - or even what caused the problem in the first place. It was adapted by Dan Mazeau ("Wrath of the Titans") and Ryan Engle ("The Commuter"). He'll also return to voice Emmet Brickowski in The Lego Movie 2 and he has the western The Kid coming up next year.