The film was slated to be released on June 28, 2019, and production was supposed to begin from mid-September. According to Hollywood entertainment portal, the producers of Cowboy Ninja Viking have removed the film from the release calendar.
Pratt is coming off the success of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. MacLaren and Pratt will still remain attached to the project, with Chopra staying on if the scheduling ultimately works out. This new release date will serve to accommodate the production schedule that is in place.
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Based on the graphic novel written by A.J. Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo, and published by Image Comics, Cowboy Ninja Viking follows Duncan, an assassin who possesses the unique ability to harness the deadly attributes of the distinct cowboy, ninja and viking personalities within him. Fans will remember that MacLaren was originally going to make her feature directorial debut with last year's Wonder Woman before she left over creative differences. She recently directed HBO's The Deuce pilot episode.
While previously scripted by Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (Zombieland, Deadpool), the most recent draft was penned by Ryan Engle (Rampage, Breaking In). James Gunn was sacked over a serious of abhorrent tweets, and though Pratt and his cast mates have lobbied Disney to hire their boss back, it doesn't look likely. This was before he was the [Cowboy Ninja Viking] we know. Frankly, Cowboy Ninja Viking always felt like a bit of a gamble, as Pratt's only major hits have been part of the MCU or the Jurassic franchise, though sources say CNV's budget was relatively modest for an ambitious action film of that nature. This news comes from Universal Pictures.