Yesterday, we reported that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has signed on to star in Cowboy Ninja Viking. Today, the actor confirmed the casting on his Twitter page, while asking fans who they think should direct the comic book adaptation.
The project has been in the works for several years, with Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) first set to write the screenplay for Disney. The studio eventually passed on the project, deeming it "too edgy", before Universal Pictures picked up the rights. Marc Forster was originally set to direct, but he is no longer involved.
Based on the comic book of the same name created by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, Cowboy Ninja Viking centers on Duncan (Chris Pratt), a highly-trained assassin with multiple personality disorder, who possesses the skills of a cowboy, ninja and viking. He was part of a secret program known as Triplets, where patients' personalities are crafted into assassins, but Duncan escapes his handlers and goes on a quest to track down the billionaire who created this program.
Collider revealed yesterday that fans will see Duncan transform into these three distinct personalities, but he will still appear as Duncan to other characters he encounters. It isn't known if Chris Pratt will play Duncan and these three other identities, or if other actors will be brought in to play the cowboy, ninja and viking.
Mark Gordon producing with Film 360, although it isn't known when production will begin. Chris Pratt is currently wrapping up the final season of NBC's Parks and Recreation, and he will next be seen in Jurassic World.