Marc Forster Helms “Cowboy Ninja Viking”

Marc Forster (“Quantum of Solace,” “Monster’s Ball”) is set to helm a film adaptation of AJ Lieberman’s graphic novel “Cowboy Ninja Viking” for Universal Pictures reports Deadline.

“Zombieland” writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese penned a script adaptation for Disney which the Mouse house deemed ‘too edgy’. Universal has now acquired that script and hopes it will be a potential franchise launcher for them.

The story deals with a secret government program to turn schizophrenics into assassins with our protagonist scoring the skill sets of a cowboy, a ninja and a viking.

When the program went awry in Iraq, he escapes and uses his skills to track down the billionaire who masterminded the program.

Shooting kicks off later this year once Forster completes his work on the Brad Pitt-led “World War Z” at Paramount and Skydance. Wernick, Reese, Guymon Casady, Ben Forkner, Mark Gordon and Bryan Zuriff will produce.