Marc Forster has found his next directing project after World War Z. Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has bought the rights to the graphic novel Cowboy Ninja Viking and that Forster is set to helm. Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese penned the script, which was initially slated for Disney to develop. Universal stepped in when the project was deemed too edgy and hopes to spawn a franchise.
Cowboy Ninja Viking is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by AJ Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo. 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."
Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Mark Gordon, and Bryan Zuriff are producing the project through MG360, the joint venture between Mark Gordon Productions and Management 360. This marks the second graphic novel project to be picked up by Universal after being dropped by Disney. Joseph Kosinski's apocalyptic thriller Oblivion is set to begin production starring Tom Cruise.
This sounds like a cool and interesting concept. World War Z is a movie I am looking forward to seeing. Do you think that Forster is a good director for this graphic novel adaptation?