It looks as though Chris Pratt's long rumored Cowboy Ninja Viking movie has finally found a helmer. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones director Michelle MacLaren has beaten out Rick Famuyiwa and Jennifer You Nelson for the highly coveted job. Universal Pictures originally eyed David Leitch and Chad Stahelski (John Wick) were previously along with Marc Forster.
If the name of the film seems a little crazy that's because it is. Based on Image Comics of the same name by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. 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 to take down his own brethren.
Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese wrote the original draft of the screenplay, and Craig Mazin is credited with the most recent draft. MacLaren was originally set to helm Wonder Woman for Warner Bros., however the two parted ways over creative differences. MacLaren has directed episodes of Westworld, The Leftovers, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Games of Thrones. Having most recently film the pilot for James Franco's HBO series The Deuce. She is also signed to direct the World War II thriller The Nightingale at TriStar.
MacLaren is repped by ICM Partners and Stone Genow.
Cowboy Ninja Viking is set to hit theaters on June 28th, 2019.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter