It was due to be released in June next year
The Chris Pratt-starring action film Cowboy Ninja Viking has been halted one month ahead of production beginning, it has been reported.
Based on the Image Comics graphic novel, the movie is set to see Michelle MacLaren make her feature-length directional debut. She has previously worked on huge TV shows including Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead and more. Pratt was cast as the lead character, Duncan – an assassin with three separate personas: cowboy, ninja, and Viking. The actor is also producing the film.
With a scheduled release of June 28 next year, Collider now reports that Universal has removed the project from its release calendar and delayed production indefinitely. According to the publication’s sources, Cowboy Ninja Viking was in pre-production when Universal ended talks with potential supporting cast members.
However, sources add that the studio will give the film a new release date. They say that the studio didn’t want to rush production as there are hopes it will become a franchise. It’s said that the movie is still in active development at this stage.
Meanwhile, Chris Pratt has recently reacted to the firing of Guardian of The Galaxy‘s director James Gunn. “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters,” he tweeted. “Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.” During the unveiling of The Lego Movie 2 last month, Pratt distanced himself from the controversy.