If there are three things that don't logically make sense together, except maybe on Halloween and a football field, it's cowboys, ninjas and vikings. Universal bought the rights to Cowboy Ninja Viking from Disney. Marc Foster (World War Z) is now set to direct the film which is adapted from a comic book.
Cowboy Ninja Viking is a young man's dream come true. Maybe two at the same time, but all three together and you're completely mixing up timelines. First, came the Vikings then the Ninjas may have appeared as far back as the 12th century. Cowboys didn't show up until white men got horses and guns in the 19th century. What I'm saying is that this was about as inevitable as The Avengers assembling. I can't wait.
The graphic novel and a Disney-developed script by Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese were acquired by Universal after the script came in and was deemed too edgy for Disney’s family film mandate. The intention is to begin production later this year, after Forster completes the Brad Pitt-starrer World War Z for Paramount and Skydance. The hope is to spawn a franchise.
The title character comes from a secret government program to turn schizophrenics into assassins. The protagonist comes through the program with the skill sets of a cowboy, ninja and a viking. While most of the patients involved in the program are sent back to insane asylum after the program went awry in Iraq, he escapes and uses his skills to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program.
Yeah, sounds a bit too risque for Disney. I've often wondered why we don't do this in real life. Turn the crazies into assassins for the good of our country. I'm joking. Kind of. In all honesty, it sounds very much like Wolverine to me only a little more cowboy... ninja... viking.