Comic-Con 2010: Jon Favreau's Cowboys & Aliens Kicked Ass
by Alex Billington
July 25, 2010
One big panel that totally blew everyone away, us included, this year at Comic-Con 2010 was Universal's panel for Cowboys & Aliens, the new Jon Favreau movie that's being shot as we speak. Although they've only been shooting for about four weeks, Favreau made an appearance and brought the entire cast in, and I mean the entire cast: Daniel Craig, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell and Adam Beach. And yes, even Harrison Ford made his first ever Comic-Con appearance (we talk more about it in the video below) and as you can tell by my tweets, even I was excited to see him. But of course, we got to see some footage, so how was it?
That photo above of Daniel Craig as Zeke Johnson is also our very first look at anything from the movie, but those lucky enough to also be at Comic-Con in Hall H yesterday we treated to roughly six or so minutes of fresh footage of an early scene from Cowboys & Aliens. If you don't know much about it, based on Fred Van Lente's comics, it's a western about Indians and Western settlers who "must lay their differences aside when an alien spaceship crash lands in their city." Obviously Zeke has a little something more to do with it, considering he's wearing that high tech bracelet that he uses to shoot down one of the UFO's in the footage.
Ethan and I recorded a video blog talking about our reactions to the footage which you can watch below:
If you didn't hear, during the panel Jon Favreau said they tested shooting with 3D cameras, but because this is a western he wanted to shoot on film so in the end he said f**k it to conversion and decided to only release this in 2D, not converted 3D. Universal already has Cowboys & Aliens scheduled for release on July 29th, 2011 next summer. I'm not sure when we'll see any real footage released, but I'm guessing it won't be until the end of the year because Favreau and his cast have returned to New Mexico to continue shooting and will be working hard for the next few months. However, as you saw in our video, I am definitely very excited to see more and I've got high hopes that Favreau will deliver another kick ass comic book movie next summer.