Robert Downey Jr. & Jon Favreau Reteaming for Cowboys & Aliens
by Alex Billington
September 1, 2009
Didn't see this coming! The Risky Biz Blog reports today that Jon Favreau has officially slated Cowboys and Aliens as his next directing gig following Iron Man 2 with Robert Downey Jr. attached to play the lead. Sounds like Iron Man in the old west! Cowboys and Aliens is an adaptation of the Platinum Comics graphic novel. The first draft of the screenplay was co-written by Iron Man writers Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. Then Star Trek writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci took over and have been rewriting it with "Lost" producer Damon Lindelof. Now DreamWorks is readying the project for a summer of 2011 debut.
Exactly as it sounds, Cowboys & Aliens, written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley, explores what would happen if the traditional Old West enemies, cowboys and American Indians, found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona. This project has been in development for a long time, with directors like Ron Howard and writers like Joshua Oppenheimer and Thomas Donnelly attached in earlier iterations. Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will still be producing, along with Kurtzman and Orci executive producing. This is quite an interesting mix of talent all-around, which makes it a very high profile project, especially following Iron Man 2 and all of the buzz that movie has.
I really have nothing against seeing these two team up once again, especially with Kurtzman and Orci as well, it's actually kind of exciting. And as for the movie itself, it sounds like it'll be one hell of a fun adventure where we get to see two competing sides team up to take on one common enemy - alien invaders. Screw the repulsor rays this time, bring on the bow and arrows!