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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 »
Chris Pratt is in the midst of living out all of his childhood dreams on the big screen. First he traveled the galaxy as Star-Lord, then he tussled with dinosaurs in the recently-completed "Jurassic World," and now he's getting ready to play a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking -- all in the same film. The "Parks and Recreation" breakout star is attached to play the lead role(s) in Universal's "Cowboy Ninja Viking," according to Collider. Based on the comic book by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, "Cowboy" centers on a genetically-altered secret government assassin (is there any other kind these days?), whose Multiple Personality Disorder lends him the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking. After escaping the agency, he strikes out on his own and tracks down the mastermind behind the program which created him. The film has been in development at Universal for some »
- Dave Lewis
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has joined a very cool film project called Cowboy Ninja Viking! The movie is based n a comic book, and it was first announced back in 2010 when Disney picked it up and hired the writers of Zombieland, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, to tackle the script. A couple years later Universal Pictures picked up the rights to the comic and hired Marc Forster (World War Z) to direct it. He's no longer attached to the project, though.
The comic was created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, and it's seriously going to make for a fun movie. The name of the main character in the story is Duncan, and he comes from a secret government program that turn schizophrenics into assassins. Duncan comes through the program with the badass skill sets and personalities of a cowboy, a ninja, and a freakin' viking. »
- Joey Paur
The book, which was created by A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, follows an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking and works for a secret government program. A movie has been planned for quite some time, with Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese originally set to write the screenplay for Disney. The studio deemed the property 'too edgy', and the graphic novel rights eventually wound up at Universal. World War Z director Marc Forster was at one time set to direct, but is no longer attached to the project.
Chris Pratt will star as Duncan, a counter-intelligence agent known as a 'triplet' because of his three distinct personalities. Duncan escapes his handlers, hunting down the millionaire who masterminded the 'Triplet' program. »
Will Chris Pratt make the forever gestating "Cowboy Ninja Viking" finally happen? Kicking around since at least 2010, the comic adaptation has seen "Zombieland" writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick take a crack at the script, while Marc Forster at one point was attached to direct. None are involved now, but Pratt is reportedly attached to lead the movie at Universal. The story centers on Duncan, part of a "counter-intelligence program made up of Multiple Personality Disorder patients who are transformed into agents known as Triplets, so-called for their three different personalities (hence the title). Duncan subsequently escapes and uses his skills to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program." Sounds like 'Bourne,' but with a triplet twist. [Collider] Stephen Graham is stepping off "Boardwalk Empire" and into "A Patch Of Fog." The actor will star in the movie about "a celebrated novelist »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The story revolves around an assassin 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.
Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese ("Zombieland") penned an earlier adaptation of the material which Disney rejected for being "too edgy". Universal picked it up out of turnaround and attached Marc Forster to direct. Forster is no longer attached and no new helmer is yet set.
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. »
- Garth Franklin
The Guardians of the Galaxy star is in line for another comic book adaptation, according to Collider.
An adaptation of writer Aj Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo's Image Comics series has been in the works for some years.
Cowboy Ninja Viking centres around Duncan, the subject of a counter-intelligence programme that took advantage of his Multiple Personality Disorder to create three deadly fighters in one.
He escapes and goes on the hunt for the mastermind of the project.
The report claims that the movie will see the Cowboy, Ninja and Viking manifest visually on the screen.
Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese initially developed a script for Disney, which was rejected. Universal picked up the project in turnaround, and formerly had Marc Forster attached to direct.
Chris Pratt's charming performance as Star-Lord in "Guardians of the Galaxy" has created a box office juggernaut. Basically, we'd line up to see him in anything. The word on the street (read: the Internet) is that Pratt will star in "Cowboy Ninja Viking," an adaptation of the graphic novel by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo.
If Pratt does sign on to star, he'll play a counter-intelligence agent named Duncan who was part of a creepy government program that takes advantage of people with multiple personalities, referred to at "Triplets." As you might imagine, this goes horribly awry! Duncan was the program's number one assassin, making him even more dangerous than the other Triplets. Unlike some of the other Triplets who turn to mercenary work to make ends meet, Duncan uses his crazy skills to hunt down the dude behind the Triplets program.
According to Collider, "We're told »
- Jenni Miller
Based on the Image Comics graphic novel, the movie adaption of Cowboy Ninja Viking, telling the tale of a schizophrenic government assassin who possesses the skills of three distinct personalities (hence the title), has been doing the rounds for a few years now. It once had Zombieland scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese and World War Z director Marc Forster attached, but they have since left the project. The project is still alive and kicking though, with Collider reporting that Chris Pratt, whose star continues to rise exponentially after Guardians of the Galaxy, will be staying the realm of comic book movies, signing on the dotted line to play lead Duncan, who escapes the shadowy Triplet program to hunt down the billionaire who masterminded it. Pratt is the perfect choice for the role, having a fantastic talent for juggling comedy and drama and is no stranger to the physicality the role will call for, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
This sounds like the kind of role Chris Pratt’s Parks and Recreation character Andy Dwyer would make up, but I promise that it’s legitimate. According to Collider, the Guardians of the Galaxy star has found his next tentpole franchise, in the form of Universal’s adaptation of Cowboy Ninja Viking.
Based on the 2009 Image Comics graphic novel from A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, Cowboy Ninja Viking revolves around a counter-intelligence unit filled with patients who suffer from multiple personality disorder. Dubbed “Triplets” because of their three separate personalities, they’re brought together by a psychotherapist named Dr. Sebastian Ghislain to become secret agents. When the unit falls apart, the Triplets become hired killers and it’s up to Pratt’s character, a man named Duncan, to find and stop them.
As with most page-to-screen adaptations, it sounds like the film will differ from the comics somewhat, as Collider »
- James Garcia
Chris Pratt quickly went from talented comedic actor to franchise star with this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, and now he’s poised to lead another studio tentpole film. Sources tell us that Pratt is now attached to topline Universal’s adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking, which was created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. It sounds like the kind of title that would pique the interest of Pratt’s Parks and Recreation alter ego Andy Dwyer, and indeed it’s a rather heightened genre project. The story revolves around an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking, and works for a secret government progam. More after the jump. A Cowboy Ninja Viking movie has been kicking around for a few years now. Zombieland scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese initially penned the adaptation for Disney, »
- Adam Chitwood
In 2010, Disney purchased the rights to A.J. Leiberman and Riley Rossmo's graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking. They hired Zombieland screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese to pen the script. When they turned in their final draft two years later Disney passed on it because they felt it was "too edgy." That's when Universal Pictures swooped in and purchased the film rights. At one point Marc Forster ("World War Z") was attached to direct but he's moved on. Outside of that we haven't heard anything new on this project, until today. Sources for Collider have informed the site that Chris Pratt ("Guardians of the Galaxy") is now set to star in Cowboy Ninja Viking. He'll play 'Duncan' the main protagonist. The story is about "a schizophrenic assassin ('Duncan') working for a secret government program who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking." Collider added: We »
When’s that comic book movie coming out, with the ant-sized man? This and all similar questions answered in our comic book movie calendar.
Comic book fans of the world - were you planning on spending your spare cash on anything other than cinema visits and DVD box-sets for the next six years? Well tough, because Hollywood has other ideas.
Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie jump-started the comic book movie trend in 2000 (building on the stellar work of Richard Donner and Tim Burton in the decades prior), Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Marvel Studios have all been repeatedly cashing-in on the resurgent popularity of capes, cowls and anything ending in ‘Man’.
Now, the sheer size of the comic book movie-making world has reached a critical mass. There are now seven such films (at least) slated for every year between 2016 and 2019. There’s also a few confirmed for 2020 already, »
When 20th Century Fox officially put the Deadpool movie on their release schedule, they forgot to include one key detail about the project. It was said that first-time filmmaker Tim Miller would be directing based on the long in-development script by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese - but what wasn't confirmed was the return of Ryan Reynolds. After playing the character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, many assumed that the actor would be back, but an official announcement has not been made. That being said, Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld has now gone on record saying that there is no other star who could bring the character to life on the big screen. Liefeld was a guest during a panel at this weekend's Comikaze 2014 expo in Los Angeles, and addressed the subject when directly asked if Ryan Reynolds would be the actor starring in the Deadpool movie. According to ComicBook.com, the »
From Marvel to Star Wars and Universal's monsters, Hollywood's become obsessed with universe building. Mark takes a closer look...
It feels weird to open with a spoiler warning for a medical drama from the 1980s, but if you're particularly sensitive to plot details from St. Elsewhere, you might wish to skip to the first sub-heading.
The infamous season finale placed all of the characters and events that had preceded it in the imagination of one of the doctors' autistic sons, Tommy Westphall, who dreamt it all up while staring into a snow globe that contained a replica of the hospital where it all took place. The funny thing is, St. Elsewhere had crossed over with other American TV shows, including Homicide: Life On The Street and Cheers, meaning they also potentially took place in Tommy's imagination.
Extrapolating on an argument advanced by the late, great comics and television writer Dwayne McDuffie, »
(Cbr) After lying dead for years, the planned sequel to the 2009 comedy "Zombieland" is suddenly showing signs of life. Deadline reports Sony Pictures has hired "Godzilla" screenwriter Dave Callaham to tackle the script under the supervision of Ruben Fleischer, who’s expected to return to direct (although studio insiders contend no deal is in place). Penned by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, the original film starred Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin as survivors of a zombie apocalypse on a cross-country road trip to the purported safety of the Los Angeles amusement park Pacific Playland. It grossed more than $102 million worldwide. While Fleischer admitted in January that the odds of a "Zombieland 2" were “slim,” he said, “I would not wanna put a nail in that coffin.” The director revealed the sequel would, of course, center on the same characters, but would up the stakes a bit. »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
Just like the macabre monsters they showcase, living dead films don’t die easily in film purgatory. In the wake of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ recent reanimation, the long-dormant sequel to Zombieland has awakened, risen, and is now lumbering through the early stages of development, as Sony Pictures has hired a writer to pen the sequel, and a familiar face is set to return to the director’s chair.
Currently referred to as Zombieland 2, the follow-up to 2009’s endearing zom-com is reported by Deadline to be heating up after a long stint on the back burner. Sony recently brought in Dave Callaham to pen the picture and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer is set to oversee the script’s creation and return at the helm, though an official deal for the director’s chair has yet to be made. Callaham received a story credit for this year’s Godzilla »
- Derek Anderson
After Amazon's unsuccessful attempt to turn it into a TV show and director Ruben Fleischer's disappointing follow-ups, 30 Minutes Or Less and Gangster Squad, it makes sense that Sony are nutting up once more. That's right, hold on to all your remaining Twinkies, because Zombieland 2 is a-coming.With Fleischer definitely back on board, you'd hope the writers of the 2009 zom-comedy would be too, but Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have moved on to other things: they're making Deadpool, the Watch Dogs game adaptation and, um, G.I. Joe Retaliation. Taking their place for the zee-quel is David Callaham, hot off doing a rewrite for Ant-Man as well as penning Godzilla.Zombieland's worldwide gross came in at $102 million (off a $23.6 million budget), and until World War Z it was the highest grossing zombie flim ever released in America. Sony and Fleischer will be hoping for something similarly successful second time around, »
Well, this has come out of the blue. For a long time, the planned sequel to Zombieland was missing, presumed dead. An Amazon TV pilot never took off, and there have been no murmurings about Zombieland 2 for a long time now.
However, it's suddenly a live project again.
Deadline has reported that Sony is re-recruiting helmer Ruben Fleischer, who helmed the original Zombieland, to direct. As for screenwriters, there appears to be no sign of original scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, with The Expendables' Dave Callaham hired to write the screenplay instead.
More news on the project as we hear it. »
The Zombieland sequel now has a writer. Sony has hired Dave Callaham for its follow-up to the hit 2009 horror-comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Insiders say Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will oversee the script with the intention for him to helm, but there is no deal. Deadline first reported the hiring of Callaham. Callaham's writing credits include this summer's Godzilla reboot, which grossed $524.9 million worldwide, and the 2010 Sylvester Stallone actioner The Expendables. Read more 'Zombieland's' Ruben Fleischer Inks Universal TV Deal, Launches Production Company Zombieland was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and collected
- Ryan Gajewski
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