Sci-fi superstar Chris Pratt has been lassoed by Universal Studios to headline their big-screen adaptation of the quirky Image comic Cowboy Ninja Viking. Created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, the story centers around Duncan, a notorious government assassin suffering from multiple personality disorder who is blessed with the mad skills of ... yes, you guessed it ... a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking. The screenplay was obtained in turnaround by Universal from Disney, where it had been languishing for years with an initial script written by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. The unusual origin story revolves around a secret agency that develops unique operatives called Triplets, named for their three distinct personality manifestations.
One of their main agents goes rogue and attempts to track down the billionaire genius who masterminded the counterintelligence program that created these unstable hybrid hitmen. Sounds like this material is perfect for the mercurial talents of Pratt, who is busy finishing his run on Parks and Recreation and will be seen in next year's Jurassic World as well as Guardians of the Galaxy 2 in 2017. Let's just hope this latest graphic novel adaptation is more Men in Black and less R.I.P.D.
Do you think Pratt made a wise choice in saddling up for Cowboy Ninja Viking?