Oh dear. Cowboy Ninja Viking, the comic book adaptation at Universal Pictures and starring Chris Pratt, has been pulled from the release schedule and delayed indefinitely. According to Collider they were about a month away from starting production when the delay happened.
Cowboy Ninja Viking had been in pre-production when Universal ended discussions with potential supporting cast, according to sources. The film was expected to be a summer tentpole for Universal, which had dated it for June 28, 2019, though sources say the studio wasn’t eager to rush to meet that release date, given that it has franchise hopes for the property.
The idea that a studio doesn’t want to rush this production is probably a good thing. The idea is pretty out there and a new IP. Michelle MacLaren was set to make her directorial debut and Priyanka Chopra was in talks to be the female lead. Dan Mazeau and Ryan Engle have written the most version of the script and Pratt, Michael De Luca, Mark Gordon, and Entertainment 360 are still planning producing the project which is likely to get a new release date.
Pratt is still expected to return to the third Jurassic World movie in 2021, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second One for Warner Bros., and Avengers 4 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for Disney.