"John Wick" helmers David Leitch and Chad Stahelski are in early talks to co-direct the film adaptation of AJ Lieberman's graphic novel "Cowboy Ninja Viking" reports Variety.
The story revolves around an assassin ("Guardians of the Galaxy" star Chris Pratt) with dissociative identity
disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking, and
works for a secret government program. He escapes and uses his skills
to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program.
Pratt has reportedly met with Leitch and
Stahelski and has given his stamp of approval with an offer now out to
"Zombieland" writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese wrote an adapted screenplay for Disney which the suits deemed 'too edgy'. Universal Pictures has now acquired that script and hopes it will be a potential franchise launcher for them.
The most recent script draft indicates that when the character
switches personalities, he will physically manifest onscreen as three
different people. To other characters in the film though, he still just
looks like Pratt's character.
Marc Forster ("Quantum of Solace," "Monster's Ball") was tipped to direct here but moved on .
Wernick, Reese, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff will produce the pic.