Marc Forster’s latest effort, Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerard Butler, came and went with very little attention and only managed to make $1 million worldwide. Despite this, Forster still has Brad Pitt’s zombie epic World War Z hitting in December, and the director has now become attached to an adaptation of the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking at Universal.
According to Deadline Zombieland, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Deadpool writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese wrote the script, and the project was initially set up at Disney but was “deemed too edgy” for their upcoming slate.
Here’s a description of the story from Wikipedia:
The series revolves around a counter-intelligence unit of Multiple Personality Disorder patients, formed by psychotherapist Dr. Sebastian Ghislain, who are transformed into agents known as Triplets (referring to the three different personalities inside their minds). After the unit falls apart its various members are turned into hired killers. Duncan, a Triplet who channels the skills of a Cowboy, Ninja, and Viking, is sent to find and stop the rogue Triplets.
The intention is to begin shooting later this year after World War Z is complete and, as usual, the studio hopes to spawn a franchise. Although, the makers of Cowboys and Aliens should probably tell Universal that just because the title sounds like a fanboy wet dream, that doesn’t mean it’ll be a success.