The upcoming movie Cowboy Ninja Viking, starring Chris Pratt and Priyanka Chopra, has been removed from Universal Pictures' release schedule. Without a given reason, the studio has pulled it from its original June 28, 2019 release date.
The novel is about an assassin who posses the toughest skills of a Cowboy, a Ninja, and a Viking; hence the name.
Cowboy Ninja Viking was due to be the directorial debut of Michelle MacLaren (Game Of Thrones), adapted from the cult comic by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo. According to reports, "Cowboy Ninja Wiking" was scheduled to begin shooting in the next month.
The film, nonetheless, remains in active development.
Quantico actress Priyanka Chopra had been in negotiations to join Pratt, playing the female lead; if the film moves ahead in the future, it's expected that the role will still be hers, provided she can accommodate the new schedule.
When the film might score another release date remains to be seen, but Universal certainly seems to think it'll still get made; just not yet. She is also developing The Nightingale, a WWII thriller that is set up over at Tr-Star. Craig Mazin wrote the draft with Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Yes, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has turned a huge profit for Universal, but the sequel will still come in about $400 million below the first film, and let's not forget that Pratt's expensive sci-fi movie Passengers, which paired him with a strong box office draw in Jennifer Lawrence, barely turned a profit. MacLaren and Pratt will still remain attached to the project, with Chopra staying on if the scheduling ultimately works out. But turns out that will have to wait because the movie has been delayed indefinitely.