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Chris Pratt Is Teaming With John Wick Directors For This Crazy Project

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guardians of the galaxyIn one year, Chris Pratt has gone from a lovably goofy supporting player on a TV series to being one of the more bankable actors on the planet. So it’s no surprise that any project he lines up is going to attract some interesting names. Case in point: Universal Pictures’ upcoming feature adaptation of the wild as hell comic series Cowboy Ninja Viking is looking to John Wick directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski to bring their action know-how to the Pratt-led flick. This choice couldn’t be more Super Awesome Excellent.

Things aren’t really set in stone for anyone on Cowboy Ninja Viking just yet (except for screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese), as the directing duo are only in very early talks right now. Pratt, who has a seriously heavy load coming as far as film commitments go, wanted to wait until the film brought in the right creative mind to lead this flick. Luckily, Variety reports their sources say Pratt has met with both Leitch and Stahelski and that his happiness with them has gotten Universal to send them an offer.

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Forget Star-Lord, Chris Pratt Is Heading To This Other Crazyballs Comic Book Movie

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star lord guardians of the galaxyWith Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt became a household name. With Guardians of the Galaxy, he became a worldwide superstar. But I’m not sure his oddball next feature will raise the bar any higher, as he is reportedly set to take the lead in the fun and surreal comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking, which Universal is undoubtedly going to drop a bundle on. Are you ready to see Star-Lord wearing a cowboy hat and kicking the shit out of people? I thought so.

Cowboy Ninja Viking, written by A.J. Lieberman and illustrated by Riley Rossmo, debuted in 2009 and lasted for 10 issues. It centers on the exploits of Dr. Sebastian Ghislain and his squad of counter-intelligence agents, all of whom are “suffering” from Multiple Personality Disorder. Each agent is given three distinct personas to help them on their tasks, which leads to their nickname of triplets. Of course, all good intentions inevitably become deadly in the comic book world, and when Ghislain’s program falls apart, several of his most dangerous patients head out into the world as contract killers.

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World War Z Director Adapting Cowboy Ninja Viking Graphic Novel

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There have been countless fevered arguments, both online and IRL, about who would win in a fight between one mythologized and/or fictitious character and another. Superman vs. Hercules. Sherlock Holmes vs. The Doctor. Joss Whedon vs. the long-term happiness of his characters. Hell, Spike even made an entire show based on the concept. Writer AJ Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo decided to take this ages-old debate to the next level by asking the question: what if you combined several of these archetypes into one guy? Thus was born the Image comics graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking, and Deadline says that World War Z director Marc Foster is set to helm a big-screen adaptation for Universal Pictures.

So, how exactly does one make a Cowboy Ninja Viking? The graphic novel tells the story of a secret government black ops project designed to turn schizophrenics into deadly assassins. You enter with mental problems and exit with the combined skills of a cowboy, ninja, and viking. So presumably you’d be really awesome at remaining unseen while pillaging and drinking heavily. Most of the projects attempts fail, but it works a little too well in the case of the protagonist. He escapes from the program and decides to hunt down the mysterious billionaire who created the project. So it’s sort of like The Bourne Identity only with more mead and the occasional exclamation of “yeeehawwww!”