With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Cowboy Ninja Viking delayed indefinitely, Chris Pratt has found himself with an open slot in his schedule and Taylor Sheridan appears to be the beneficiary, as Pratt is in talks to star in the next action thriller from the writer-director of Wind River.
Sheridan wrote the script, which follows an ex-special forces commando (Pratt) who is recruited by the DEA to lead a black ops strike team targeting drug dealers who are being protected by the CIA. David Heyman is producing the Warner Bros. film, which has the working title of Fast. Sheridan has been meeting with top actors since the summer and needed to land an A-lister to secure a green light from WB given the film’s budget, which is reportedly in the $75 million range.
The film is Hell Or High Water writer Sheridan’s second as a director; he previously helmed 2017’s Wind River, starring Pratt’s cinematic universe-mate Jeremy Renner. According to Variety, which broke the news, the project is being developed as a potential franchise.
Pratt, who had a lucrative summer starring in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Avengers: Infinity War, is next up in The Lego Movie 2, which bows February 8. Sheridan’s TV series Yellowstone was recently renewed for a second season on Paramount Network. The screenwriter of Sicario, its sequel and the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water made his feature directing debut last year with Wind River.