Universal shelves Chris Pratt’s Cowboy Ninja Viking

Chris Pratt isn’t having a great Summer. He saw his most famous character (Star-Lord) reduced to dust in Avengers Infinity War. The Jurassic World sequel, despite making money, fell short of the film’s box office. Then there’s that whole James Gunn/Guardians of the Galaxy turmoil.

Now, exactly one month before production had been slated to start, Universal has removed the Chris Pratt action vehicle Cowboy Ninja Viking from its release calendar and delayed production indefinitely, though the film remains in active development.


Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones) had been set to make her feature directorial debut with the film, which is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by AJ Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. She remains attached to direct, just as Pratt remains attached to play Duncan, a new kind of assassin who manifests the toughest skills of three different personas — a cowboy, a ninja and a viking. He would’ve been joined by Priyanka Chopra, who had been in talks to play the female lead. Should the project get off the ground in the future, Chopra would likely be the first choice for the role, though her involvement would all depend on her schedule aligning with a new production schedule.

They film had been slated for a 2019 summer release but rumor has it the studio did not have high hopes for a franchise. Pratt is still producing the project with Michael De Luca, Mark Gordon and Entertainment 360, and Universal is expected to re-date the project at a later time.

Despite this latest setback with Universal, Pratt is set to reprise his role as Owen Grady in the studio’s upcoming Jurassic World 3. 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.