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Chris Pratt-headlined Cowboy Ninja Viking gets two new writers

After finding a director back in February in Michelle MacLaren, Universal Pictures has now brought in two new writers to finalise the script for its long-gestating comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking.

THR is reporting that Dan Mazeau (Wrath of the Titans) and Ryan Engle (Rampage) have signed on to work on the screenplay for the movie, taking over from Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II), who himself rewrote the original script by Deadpool scribes Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.

Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World star Chris Pratt is set for the lead in the movie, having first joined the project back in 2014. He will play the titular Cowboy Ninja Viking, a ‘Triplet’ – a counter intelligence agent with three distinct personas and skill sets – whose job it is to take down other ‘Triplet’s who have gone rogue.

Cowboy Ninja Viking is slated to go into production this
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Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Movie Is Still Happening, Gets Two New Writers

Chris Pratt’s ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Movie Is Still Happening, Gets Two New Writers
Chris Pratt may be the star of two of the biggest franchises today, but his pet project Cowboy Ninja Viking just can’t seem to get off the ground. But the comic book adaptation has been steadily galloping (Sneaking? Sailing?) toward the big screen, with Michelle MacLaren announced as the director earlier this year. Now, two new […]

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Movie Talk: Will ‘Deadpool 2′ Be the Highest Grossing R-Rated Movie of All Time?

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Markeia McCarty, Coy Jandreau, and Lewis Tan discuss the following: The panel discusses the record breaking Thursday night box office numbers for an R-rated movie for Deadpool 2. Deadline is reporting that Steven Spielberg and Leonardo DiCaprio are in early talks to team up again on an epic biopic of Ulysses S. Grant for Lionsgate. Dan Mazeau and Ryan Engle have been hired to work together and write Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking. Michelle MacLaren is directing the action feature for Universal. Deadpool 2 actor Lewis Tan joins the …
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‘The Sopranos’ Prequel Film: Nine Directors Ready to Bring America’s Favorite Crime Family to the Movies

‘The Sopranos’ Prequel Film: Nine Directors Ready to Bring America’s Favorite Crime Family to the Movies
The Sopranos” is back. David Chase and Lawrence Konner’s script for a prequel film titled “The Many Saints of Newark” has been picked up by New Line, and now everyone wants to know who will be the director tasked with bringing one of America’s favorite crime families back to life.

The film is set during the 1960s riots in Newark, New Jersey and deals with the war between the African-American and Italian mafias. While story details are not confirmed, characters such as Tony’s father and mother are reportedly involved. Chase himself could very well end up in the director’s chair, although he’s only listed as a co-writer and producer and is said to be closely involved with the hiring process.

Considering “The Sopranos” prequel film will be a period gangaster drama, Martin Scorsese is the no-brainer option every fan of the series would go crazy about,
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Only 3.3 Percent of 2018's Studio Films Are Women-Directed

“A Wrinkle in Time” is part of the 3.3 percent: Disney

“A Wrinkle in Time,” “The Darkest Minds,” and “Blockers” — those are the only women-directed studio films you can look forward to in 2018. According to a report from TheWrap, they represent just 3.3 percent of the major studio films scheduled for release this year, “the lowest percentage [of women-helmed studio films] in at least five years.”

TheWrap considered the six major studios in its report — Disney, Universal, Fox, Paramount, Sony and, Warner Bros. — and found that the latter three feature no women-directed films on their 2018 dockets. (Note: The source didn’t include art-house divisions such as Fox Searchlight or Sony Pictures Classics in its study.) Warner Bros.’ exclusion of women directors is particularly upsetting considering that its biggest hit of 2017 was Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman.”

Not that Disney, Universal, or Fox are pillars of gender equality. They each include one woman-helmed project on their 2018 schedule. Disney
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‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Adds ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Scribe Eric Pearson

‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Adds ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Scribe Eric Pearson
Exclusive: Eric Pearson has been set to rewrite Cowboy Ninja Viking, the Universal Pictures film that will star Chris Pratt with Michelle MacLaren directing. Pearson is coming off Thor: Ragnarok. The attitude-laced hard-edged actioner is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by Aj Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. Pearson takes over an earlier draft written by Craig Mazin, who rewrote the original by Paul Wernick & Everett David Reese. Pratt stars as an assassin…
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8 Great Directors Who Should Make a Superhero Movie — IndieWire Critics Survey

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Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: “Wonder Woman” and “Black Panther” have helped to reinvigorate the superhero genre as a social and creative force, and the success of those films can be at least partially attributed to their directors. With that in mind, which filmmaker would you most like to see direct a blockbuster superhero movie next, and why?

Max Weiss (@maxthegirl), Baltimore Magazine

I’m firmly in the camp of not wanting my favorite actors or directors to either star in or helm superhero films. (I audibly groaned yesterday when the news surfaced that Joaquin Phoenix was going to be playing The Joker.) Yes, Waititi, Coogler, Jenkins, et al managed
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Win! HBO Drama ‘The Deuce’ On DVD

Available on digital now and released on Blu-Ray and DVD February 12, 2018 ins the remarkable HBO drama The Deuce. Set during the early 1970s in New York City’s Times Square, the series, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, gives viewers an up-close look at the gritty world of sex and crime, as the porn industry begins its climb to legitimacy, cultural permanence, and billion-dollar profitability. To celebrate, we have three copies of season one to give away on DVD.

The DVD and Blu-Ray include exciting bonus content including exclusive audio commentaries from the cast and crew, including James Franco (Oscar® nominee for 127 Hours), Maggie Gyllenhaal (Oscar® nominee for Crazy Heart), and David Simon (The Wire, Treme, Show Me a Hero), cast interviews on this unique period in history, and more. The Blu-ray and DVD release also include a free Digital Download copy.

Digital Download, Blu-ray & DVD Bonus Features Include:

The
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‘Star Wars’: 96% of Its Film Universe Writers and Directors Are White Men

‘Star Wars’: 96% of Its Film Universe Writers and Directors Are White Men
I love the “Star Wars” movies. I adored “The Last Jedi” and cried during almost all of Carrie Fisher’s scenes. I’m a fan of the other recent “Star Wars” films as well, and watching the first George Lucas space adventure back in 1977 — in a second-run theater with wooden floors — is one of the formative experiences of my childhood. I was transported into the stars, and in some ways, I never came back.

But loving something doesn’t mean you ignore its flaws. In fact, if you’re a critic, you’re not doing your job if you fail to comment on the patterns you see.

The “Star Wars” tapestry is now 41 years old, with 17 theatrical films (released or planned) forming the backbone of the franchise. By my count, during those four decades, 24 people were hired to direct, write or otherwise take the creative lead on “Star Wars” feature films.

Twenty-three of those
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‘Star Wars’: 96% of Its Film Universe Writers and Directors Are White Men

‘Star Wars’: 96% of Its Film Universe Writers and Directors Are White Men
I love the “Star Wars” movies. I adored “The Last Jedi” and cried during almost all of Carrie Fisher’s scenes. I’m a fan of the other recent “Star Wars” films as well, and watching the first George Lucas space adventure back in 1977 — in a second-run theater with wooden floors — is one of the formative experiences of my childhood. I was transported into the stars, and in some ways, I never came back.

But loving something doesn’t mean you ignore its flaws. In fact, if you’re a critic, you’re not doing your job if you fail to comment on the patterns you see.

The “Star Wars” tapestry is now 41 years old, with 17 theatrical films (released or planned) forming the backbone of the franchise. By my count, during those four decades, 24 people were hired to direct, write or otherwise take the creative lead on “Star Wars” feature films.

Twenty-three of those
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Sony Buys ‘Nightingale’ Author’s Alaska Novel ‘The Great Alone’ (Exclusive)

Sony Buys ‘Nightingale’ Author’s Alaska Novel ‘The Great Alone’ (Exclusive)
Sony’s TriStar Pictures has preemptively purchased movie rights to Kristin Hannah’s “The Great Alone” — the follow-up to her best-selling novel “The Nightingale,” which sold more than 2 million copies and was published in 43 languages.

Elizabeth Cantillon of the Cantillon Company and Laura Quicksilver will produce the movie. The duo continues their relationship with Hannah as producers of “The Nightingale.” Nicole Brown will oversee the project for TriStar Pictures.

St. Martin’s Press will publish “Great Alone” on Tuesday, when Hannah will embark on a multi-city national book tour. “Great Alone” is set in 1974, when a former Pow comes home from the Vietnam War as a changed and volatile man. After he loses yet another job, the family decides to move to Alaska, where they will live off the grid, in a desperate bid to find peace, restoration, and freedom. But when the darkness of winter falls, out in the wild, there’s no one
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Michelle MacLaren to direct Chris Pratt in Cowboy Ninja Viking

Back in 2014 it was announced that Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has signed on for another comic book movie role in an adaptation of Image’s Cowboy Ninja Viking, and now the project has found a director.

According to THR, Michelle MacLaren has signed on to helm the Universal Pictures production, having beat out the likes of Jennifer Yuh Nelson (Kung Fu Panda) for the job. MacLaren, who was originally attached to direct Wonder Woman before Patty Jenkins, has worked extensively on the small screen, directing episodes of shows such as Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Leftovers, Westworld, Better Call Saul, The Deuce and Modern Family.

Cowboy Ninja Viking is based on the comic book by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, with Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II) writing the most recent draft of a script originally penned by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese
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Movie Talk: First ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Footage May Debut During the Super Bowl

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Mark Reilly, Perri Nemiroff, and John Rocha discuss the following: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle MacLaren has landed the director gig for Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking. As reported by THR, Disney is likely to drop the first Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer during the Super Bowl. (Update: The studio announced that they will be debuting the trailer the day after the Super Bowl on Good Morning America.) Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures is negotiating with directing duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah to direct Bad …
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Movie News: Michelle MacLaren to Direct Chris Pratt's 'Cowboy Ninja Viking'; SXSW to Open with 'A Quiet Place'

Cowboy Ninja Viking: Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones; The Deuce, above) will direct Cowboy Ninja Viking. Chris Pratt will star as an assassin with a multiple-personality disorder in the big-screen adaptation of a comic book series created by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo. It's scheduled for theatrical release on June 28, 2019. [Deadline]   SXSW: This year's South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) will kick off on March 9; A Quiet Place, a thriller starring Emily Blunt (above) and directed by John Krasinski, will be the opening night presentation. Eight of the ten features in the Narrative Feature Competition were directed or codirected by women, including Laura Steinel's Family, starring Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black). Also on offer: an...

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Cowboy Ninja Viking: Michelle MacLaren Hired To Direct Graphic Novel Adaptation

Yesterday, news came along that the adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking, by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, has found a director.    Known for her work on big budget series like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Leftovers and The Walking Dead, Michelle MacLaren will take a seat in the director's chair. Given her track record this makes her more than capable of taking on a feature film for the first time.    Cowboy Ninja Viking tells of a counter-intelligence unit that uses multiple personality disorder patients to create agents known as Triplets, referring to the three personalities the killers have. When the agents become rogue hired guns, the deadliest Triplet of them all, Cowboy Ninja Viking, is called in...

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Michelle MacLaren to Direct Chris Pratt Action Pic “Cowboy Ninja Viking”

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Michelle MacLaren is taking her genre expertise to the big screen. The “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld,” and “Breaking Bad” director has signed on to helm Chris Pratt-starrer “Cowboy Ninja Viking” for Universal, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.

The action pic centers on a “counter-intelligence unit that uses multiple personality disorder patients to create agents known as Triplets, referring to the three personalities the killers have. When the agents become rogue hired guns, the deadliest Triplet of them all, Cowboy Ninja Viking, is called in to take down his own brethren.”

Emmy winner MacLaren reportedly beat out Jennifer Yuh Nelson (“Kung Fu Panda”) and Rick Famuyiwa (“Dope”) for the job. It’s news like this that suggests Hollywood might finally be changing. Usually short lists are dominated by white men, if not entirely comprised of them, so it’s a pleasant surprise to see two women — one of
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Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking Will Be Helmed By Game Of Thrones Director Michelle MacLaren

Game of Thrones director Michelle MacLaren is set to direct Universal Pictures' feature film adaptation of the crazy comic book Cowboy Ninja Viking. Chris Pratt is set to star in the film and it's great to see that the project is actually moving forward.

The project was initially announced three years ago so it's one of those films that has been slowly moving ahead. The comic was created by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, and the film was written by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese, with a recent draft by Craig Mazin.

I'm extremely excited about this movie because the concept is so unique and so cool. MacLaren, who also directed episodes of Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, The X-Files, Better Call Saul, and Westworld, should do a fine job. It looks like this is her first feature film, so I wish her the
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Michelle MacLaren To Direct Chris Pratt In ‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’

The big-screen adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking, which has Chris Pratt cast in the lead role, has found a director in Michelle MacLaren, so reports Variety. MacLaren, a seasoned television director with credits including Breaking Bad, Game Of Thrones and this year’s The Deuce, will helm the project, which already has a release date set for next summer.

The graphic novel was created by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, the latest rewrite of the movie screenplay by Craig Mazin. The original draft was written by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Everett David Reese.

Here’s a bit more about the source material:

It started with Dr. Sebastian Ghislain: rogue psychotherapist/covert op/DJ. Tasked with creating a counter-intelligence unit, he turned to those long thought useless to society…patients with Multiple Personality Disorder. These agents became known simply as Triplets. Misguided? Yeah. Impractical? Sure.
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Chris Pratt's Cowboy Ninja Viking Movie Gets Director Michelle MacLaren

Universal Pictures is finally moving forward with its long-awaited comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking, landing director Michelle MacLaren. While this will not be the filmmaker's feature film debut, it will be only her second film after the 2006 indie thriller Population 436, which starred Jeremy Sisto and Fred Durst. After spending the past decade on the small screen, with two Emmy wins to her credit, the filmmaker finally returns to the big screen with Cowboy Ninja Viking.

We first reported on this project back in November 2014, when Chris Pratt scored the lead role, just months after his blockbuster turn as Star-Lord in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. The actor confirmed his starring role in this comic book adaptation a few days later, but there has been little to no movement on the project since then. This new report reveals that Michelle MacLaren beat out two other candidates for this coveted gig,
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Chris Pratt’s Cowboy Ninja Viking movie lands director

David Crow Feb 1, 2018

Michelle MacLaren is moving from Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Deuce to direct Chris Pratt as a Cowboy Ninja Viking

If ever there was a would-be blockbuster that sold its high-concept in the title, it is Cowboy Ninja Viking. What is a cowboy-ninja-Viking you might ask? Well it’s an action movie that is slated to star Chris Pratt, and if that wasn’t Aaa enough in genre appeal, Game Of Thrones’ Michelle MacLaren has been hired to direct the picture.

The hiring of MacLaren demonstrates that Universal Pictures is still very intent on making Cowboy Ninja Viking happen after the film was first announced in 2014. Pratt signed onto the conceit then, which is based off an Image Comics property, while fresh off making waves in Guardians Of The Galaxy but before Jurassic World. Now he’s out to stake a claim in a franchise
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