After finding tremendous success with the comic book film adaptation “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Chris Pratt is in early talks to join the comic-based “Cowboy Ninja Viking,” TheWrap has confirmed. The Image Comics series about an assassin with multiple personality disorder comes from writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo.
Initially optioned in 2010 by Disney, the first script for a “Cowboy Ninja Viking” film came from “Zombieland” screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. In 2012, Universal picked up the license, with Craig Mazin (“Identity Thief”) handling the most recent script draft.
Film 360’s Guymon Casady and Ben Forkner found the source material and brought it to their production partner Mark Gordon for The Mark Gordon Company. And while Bryan Zuriff is attached as executive producer, it looks like the film is in search of a director.
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor would likely star as Duncan, whose multiple personalities encompass the title descriptions. Duncan is the product of a government program that took people with multiple personality disorder and turned them into “Triplets,” honing their personalities into three unique personas with three unique skillsets.
Pratt seemingly confirmed his involvement in a Twitter response on Thursday. A fan posted an image with the words “Cowboy Ninja Viking! Wait. What?” on it. Pratt responded simply “YES!” but then added, “But who is our director? That is the question.” Representatives for Pratt did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Chris Pratt is represented by CAA, Mosaic and Nelson Davis Wetzstein, LLP. Mazin is represented by CAA and attorney Mitch Smelkinson of Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson & Binder, LLP.