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John Wick helmers offered directing duties on Cowboy Ninja Viking

01.29.2015
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The only thing more pleasantly surprising than Keanu Reeves returning to leading man status with JOHN WICK was the heralding of new filmmakers David Leitch and Chad Stahelski who proved they have the chops to helm an action-packed big screen venture. They may get the chance to do it again with an even larger scale now that they have been offered directing duties on Universal's COWBOY NINJA VIKING.

Variety reports that the pair of second unit directors were given the seal of approval by Chris Pratt who was tentative to commit to the film unless it had the right filmmakers. Universal plans to fast track production before Pratt's busy schedule kicks into overdrive with Antoine Fuqua's THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and James Gunn's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2.

For those unfamiliar with COWBOY NINJA VIKING, here is a synopsis.

Based on writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo’s graphic novel, the story follows a man who suffers from multiple personality disorder and is put into a government program to be turned into a super-soldier with the attributes of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking.

That plot sounds just crazy enough to work on the big screen and would put Chris Pratt into another cowboy-type role. If the Indiana Jones rumors turn out to be true, we may have found the contemporary Steve McQueen or Clint Eastwood, albeit one with a better sense of humor.

COWBOY NINJA VIKING has no production or release date, but expect to see it in 2016 at the earliest.

Source: Variety

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6:10PM on 01/29/2015

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.... ok, i'm going to say it: JOHN WICK is way overrated! I mean, I hate pg-13 action movies full of quick fights where u don't see shit, like Taken sequels. But even as a hard R, the fights in John Wick are not good enough, doesn't look real, and the "gun-dance" action style is like porn, after 30 minutes you're tired of it. The only reason of the love for this movie is because most actions flicks were bad. THE GUEST is much more fun and crazy, JW is just fun, but stupid.
.... ok, i'm going to say it: JOHN WICK is way overrated! I mean, I hate pg-13 action movies full of quick fights where u don't see shit, like Taken sequels. But even as a hard R, the fights in John Wick are not good enough, doesn't look real, and the "gun-dance" action style is like porn, after 30 minutes you're tired of it. The only reason of the love for this movie is because most actions flicks were bad. THE GUEST is much more fun and crazy, JW is just fun, but stupid.
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11:20PM on 01/29/2015
I don't know if they were better, or if I just watched more action movies in 2014 than usual, but I seemed to gravitate toward that genre more than usual. Snowpiercer, The Raid 2, heck, even Winter Soldier were pretty solid-looking action movies. Not saying there weren't a bunch of really bad ones. As for John Wick being stupid, I'll give you that, I think most revenge movies tend to be a little dumb, but, like you said, it's fun. And stylish. And I haven't seen an American action movie that
I don't know if they were better, or if I just watched more action movies in 2014 than usual, but I seemed to gravitate toward that genre more than usual. Snowpiercer, The Raid 2, heck, even Winter Soldier were pretty solid-looking action movies. Not saying there weren't a bunch of really bad ones. As for John Wick being stupid, I'll give you that, I think most revenge movies tend to be a little dumb, but, like you said, it's fun. And stylish. And I haven't seen an American action movie that showed as much invention as that in a long time. Plus, big fan of Korean cinema, which they claimed as inspiration to their style, and it shows.
6:32PM on 01/30/2015
Winter Soldier is probably the best action flick of the year... (it's great really) and it's a PG-13 superhero movie, and with a solid story. Even when I love violent action movies, I need a little more than "You kill my dog! you gonna pay...". In terms of stupid fun I prefer 3DAYS TO KILL (another action flick with a lot of stupid things in the story), but here got a 3/10, and JW a 9.... way too much man!
Winter Soldier is probably the best action flick of the year... (it's great really) and it's a PG-13 superhero movie, and with a solid story. Even when I love violent action movies, I need a little more than "You kill my dog! you gonna pay...". In terms of stupid fun I prefer 3DAYS TO KILL (another action flick with a lot of stupid things in the story), but here got a 3/10, and JW a 9.... way too much man!
5:18PM on 01/29/2015
Not familiar with the source material (though the title sounds pretty self-explanatory, and insane). John Wick was one of my very favorite movies of last year, and these guys were a big part of it. Whether they take on this project of not, whatever they do end up doing next, I want to see.
Not familiar with the source material (though the title sounds pretty self-explanatory, and insane). John Wick was one of my very favorite movies of last year, and these guys were a big part of it. Whether they take on this project of not, whatever they do end up doing next, I want to see.
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5:09PM on 01/29/2015
This sounds like a perfect combo. These two guys definitely know their action shit, and would definitely work wonders with this batshit insane material.
This sounds like a perfect combo. These two guys definitely know their action shit, and would definitely work wonders with this batshit insane material.
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