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Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking moving forward, release date set

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Mar 25, 2021, 8:00 AM EDT (Updated)

Universal's Cowboy Ninja Viking is galloping toward an official release date for its Chris Pratt-starring comic book feature, as the studio has secured a June 28, 2019, premiere slot.

Image's graphic novel source material was created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo and focuses on Duncan, a notorious government assassin suffering from multiple personality disorder who is blessed with the mad skills of ... umm, what else but ... a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking.

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The screenplay was obtained by Universal Pictures in turnaround from Disney back in 2010, four years before Pratt's initial casting was announced. Disney had originally snagged the property for Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, but the last draft had been gathering dust and Universal saw it as the perfect vehicle for the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star.

Cowboy Ninja Viking's unique origin story revolves around a secret Men in Black-like agency that develops intricate operatives called Triplets, named for their three distinct personality manifestations.

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Pratt and Universal just finished production on Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, opening on June 22, 2018, and this gives the studio a major action tentpole to place beside its Transformers 7 feature that month.

Director Marc Forster (World War Z) has been attached to the project since 2014, and no further casting info has appeared, but we'll keep you updated as more news arrives.

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(Via Variety)