Priyanka Chopra's next Hollywood biggie hits hurdles, is shelved 'indefinitely'

Bessie Dean
August 9, 2018

His next film, comicbook adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking has now been pulled from the release schedule and placed on indefinite hold.

Variety report said that though delayed, the movie is very much in active development with Pratt, Priyanka Chopra, and director Michelle MacLaren still attached to the project.

The novel revolves around an assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas: a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking. The hard-edged actioner laced with attitude is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by AJ Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. Priyanka Chopra has been in talks to play the female lead alongside Pratt's Duncan, though her future involvement likely depends on when Universal decides to move ahead with the project. She recently directed HBO's The Deuce pilot episode.

Universal Pictures has kicked the cowboy to the curb, nixed the ninja, and is no longer vouching for the viking.

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On the heels of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 plunging into chaos following the firing of writer/director James Gunn, there's more bad news for Chris Pratt.

Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, the two guys behind the Deadpool movie scripts and Zombieland, wrote the screenplay for Cowboy Ninja Viking, with newer drafts turned in by Hangover 2 and Identity Theft writer Craig Mazin. In the meantime, we have Avengers 4 to look forward too, which will find Chris Pratt reprising his role as Star-Lord for a forth time. The actor will next be seen in Vincent D'Onofrio's western The Kid, and he also returns for The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part.

Cowboy Ninja Viking was originally slated set to hit theaters on June 28, 2019.

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