Summer moviegoers next year apparently won’t be treated to Chris Pratt’s starring turn as a quirky, multi-personality assassin who manages to cram three badass things into one hero. Universal Pictures reportedly has indefinitely delayed the 2019 release of Cowboy Ninja Viking, the long-gestating, in-development live action feature based on Image Comics’ against-the-grain graphic novel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal has pulled the movie from its 2019 calendar without immediate word on when it might instead appear in theaters. Work on the project evidently hasn’t stopped, however: development on the Michelle MacLaren-directed project, says THR, remains very much in progress.
CNV appears to have been picking up steam on the development side of late, with at least one recent casting report suggesting a clearer picture would soon emerge of who else will be joining Pratt’s Duncan — the cowboy-ninja-viking hero, or “triplet,” created by a mysterious agency in writer A.J. Lieberman’s and artist Riley Rossmo’s original story.
The studio reportedly has recently been eying Priyanka Chopra (Baywatch, Quantico) to play Pratt’s love interest, after snagging MacLaren (Westworld, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead) to helm the project earlier this year. Pratt has been associated with the movie as far back as 2014, and told MTV in June that he’d soon be heading to Berlin, where actor tests were already underway, to begin filming.
SYFY WIRE has reached out to Universal for comment. The studio originally had announced Cowboy Ninja Viking would shoot/sneak/sail its way into theaters on June 28 of next year, so stay tuned for updates.