‘Way Of The Warrior Kid’: Chris Pratt Teams With McG for Adaptation Of Jocko Willink’s Inspiring YA Novel

Chris Pratt is headed to Cannes! Okay, not exactly, but a potentially huge film that he’s attached to will be hitting the sales floor, and it probably won’t be long before it gets picked up.

Deadline reports Pratt will star in an adaptation of Way of the Warrior Kid, based on the bestselling novel by Jocko Willink. Directing the film will be McG, known for the Charlie’s Angels films and Terminator Salvation. Will Staples (Without Remorse) is on the screenplay.

Willink is kindof a big deal, and this movie could turn into quite a franchise. An ex-Navy Seal, Willink wrote five Way of the Warrior Kid novels, centering on a retired Navy Seal officer who whips his 11-year-old nephew into shape over the summer, helping the boy become a confident man.

Pratt, who is also aboard as a producer, said “Making films like this is why I created Indivisible Productions. In a world that feels divided, I believe it’s crucial to remember that we are one nation, and I hope this story will help bridge the growing divide and inspire the next generation to learn valuable lessons about discipline, self-reliance, strength, and compassion. This is the kind of movie that can define a generation, like “Karate Kid“ or “Rocky.” As a dad, this is the kind of movie I want to show my kids. So, with the help of an incredible creative team and the right partner, we’re gonna make it.”


Travis Hopson
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