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Development roundup: Chris Pratt set to film Cowboy Ninja Viking; Dark creators sign Netflix deal

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Jun 19, 2018

A few projects we know little to nothing about are moving steadily toward becoming realities -- but both come with such stacked pedigrees that it’s hard not to be excited about them.

The first is riding on its star and its killer title: Cowboy Ninja Viking. The film, based on A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo’s Image comic, has been in development for a while, with Chris Pratt set as its lead since back in 2014. Now, thanks to a brief interview at the MTV Movie & TV Awards, we know a bit more about the film’s progress.

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To sum it up, director Michelle MacLaren and the film’s production designer (along with other members of the production team) are in Berlin right now testing actors -- and Pratt is leaving to begin filming in a month. This is all leading up to a June 28, 2019, release date -- which seems a little tight if they’re still in the beginning stages right now.

But in an even earlier stage is our other piece of news, which is that the co-creators of Netflix’s German sci-fi spookfest Dark, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, have signed an exclusive, multiple-year overall deal with the company for future projects.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s the same sort of overarching deal the streaming giant has used with big-name creators like Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, and Jenji Kohan -- but this is the first time it’s gone to European creators.

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