Cowboys & Aliens Becoming Live Action Feature

June 21, 2007
Source: Variety

Cowboys & Aliens

Yet another graphic novel gets a feature film adaptation - Cowboys & Aliens. Written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley and published just last year in 2006 by Platinum Studios Comics, the graphic novel mixes western and science fiction genres. Although there are quite a few producers on the project, including Ron Howard and Transformers screenwriting duo Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, the script will instead be written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby. DreamWorks, the same company that has put together the upcoming Transformers live action adaptation, will be producing this project as well.

Set in 1800s Arizona, a skirmish between cowboys and Apaches is interrupted by the crash landing of a space ship. The alien commander plans to tame the Old West and enslave everyone, but the cowboys and Native Americans turn their six-guns against the alien invaders.

Has anyone read this? I think the concept sounds cool and if they bring the right elements to it, as in a Transformers style and nothing too watered down or comical, then they'll have a huge hit on their hands.

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I'd rather just see another Firefly. It's similar to the idea. And the Cowboys and Aliens story was just okay. I didn't think it was anything special. 100 pages and that's it?!?

AT on Jun 25, 2007


Wasn't this called "Firefly"?

Scorpio on Mar 11, 2008


I once submitted a comic idea to the Platinum people. Their whole goal is to make movies, but base them off of comics first so they can get that popularity. Their head guy helped put Men in Black together. Back in 2001, when I submitted my idea, they had Cowboys and Aliens put together. If they just got the comic out in 2006, and it was only 100 pages long, then you can imagine how much dedication they must have put into it (end sarcasm). I think I lucked out.

N.J. on Jul 23, 2008

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