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Chris Pratt has a number of huge blockbusters listed as upcoming projects on his resume, including Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but certainly one of his most interesting upcoming movies is the comic book adaptation Cowboy Ninja Viking. Not only does the film have an absolutely ridiculous name, but it looks like it may be directed by two of the most interesting breakout filmmakers of 2014.
News has come to us from Variety that Universal Pictures has entered early talks with David Leitch and Chad Stahelski to be the directors responsible for bringing Cowboy Ninja Viking to the big screen. While they may not be household names as filmmakers just yet, the two men made quite an impression last fall with the theatrical release of their directorial debut, John Wick. The Keanu Reeves-led film was seen my critics everywhere as one of the best action movies of the year, and earned a great deal of acclaim for its fight choreography and visual style. The former isn't too much of a surprise, given that both Leitch and Stahelski spent years as stunt performers and coordinators in blockbusters ranging from 300 to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
While words are certainly nice, though, the visceral, hardcore nature of David Leitch and Chad Stahelski's style is probably best appreciated by actually watching some of their work. If you didn't see John Wick last year - or simply want to re-experience one of its craziest scenes - we would recommend checking out the clip below:
The story of Cowboy Ninja Viking comes from the minds of A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, who first wrote it as a limited comic series back in 2009 and 2010. The story is set around a counter-intelligence unit that has developed an interesting way of producing super soldiers. Utilizing patients suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder, they work to create agents known as Triplets - who have three distinct personalities roaming around their brains. Chris Pratt will be playing the role of Duncan, who - as you may have guessed from the title - has a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking swirling around inside his cranium. Following the program's disbandment, it becomes Duncan's responsibility to try and reign in all of the rogue Triplets who have gone on to take assassination gigs.
David Leitch and Chad Stahelski obviously aren't 100% attached to make Cowboy Ninja Viking just yet, but apparently they have already met with Chris Pratt and the actor has given them his thumbs up. It may not be long before this project starts making some serious moves forward.