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.
Amazing cast, great director, friggin' cowboys, Indians, and aliens... what more could you ask for? So excited for this.
Chris Q. on Jul 25, 2010
I love Jon Favreau. Apparently he is really trying to get the look of a western down. And this 100% 2D thing? Great move.
Al on Jul 25, 2010
Yeah about the stabbing it was apparently between two friends if I'm not mistaken...probably wrong though. Also I gotta say Favreau is awesome for not going the 3-D route with this one. Perhaps he will avoid 3-D for all of his future films?
Xerxex on Jul 25, 2010
alien movies should always always be 3d. a huge fail by favreau.
Para on Jul 25, 2010
Hope so..xerxex...Personally I hate 3D live action movies..i just can stand the animations flicks in 3D... About Favreau, Good Job Man!!.. Want to see it more-.
Sakyo on Jul 25, 2010
this movie sounds very interesting and it wont be filmed in 3-D which is even better! can't wait to see a trailer
cheezy c on Jul 25, 2010
hey alex was there any footage on sucker punch?
pulp fiction212 on Jul 25, 2010
I like your god damn shirt Alex. Also, thanks for this. I'm excited about this movie.
Cracky on Jul 25, 2010
no to 3D movies please.... got to stay conventional...
Iggypop on Jul 26, 2010
alex u have high hopes this director can deliver another kick ass comic book movie next summer. ??! huh. did anyone see the last iron man. it totally sucked balls. it was not kick ass and ruined the franchise. lets hope this new movie has all the right atributes of an awe inspiring comic. 2D is the only option
dealers wheel on Jul 26, 2010
I guess there's Iron Man elements in this film as well. Does anyone else think that the thing on Craig's wrist looks like part of the Iron Man suit?
Jezza on Jul 26, 2010
hopefully more follow suit and say "NO" to 3D.
beavis on Jul 26, 2010
Alex B. (and everyone else) Thanks for the heads-up, much appreciated. I love Jon Favreau's work and I'm looking forward to watching C&A. I found Favreau's introduction to the cast on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvXflcYhN5w
Alex C. on Jul 26, 2010
awesome video blog, can't wait to see footage By the way, Alex, what poster is Ethan holding in his hand?
Flynn Lives on Jul 26, 2010
Save 3D for Gameboys. I already want to see this movie b/c it's NOT being converted... Tongue-in-cheek, yes, but I respect him more for not squeezing and extra $20-$30 mil out of people who'd be seeing it anyways.
Solo Calrissian on Jul 26, 2010
Haven't paid much attention to this yet, but your video has got me excited for the movie...Can't wait!! Oh, and Alex/Ethan, thanks for the across the board awesome news and tid bits everyday guys!!
Marc on Jul 26, 2010
Interesting premise, great cast. The only thing that'll ruin this is Jon Favreau. The man is an enemy of composition, he can't stage a scene to save his life.
Glass on Jul 27, 2010
I really love the cast, have complete faith in Favreau, and like the idea of mixing an alien invasion with a western. Naysayers be damned, I am looking forward to this.
Craig on Jul 28, 2010
Favreau's image compostion is an embarassment to filmmaking, this will probably be as awful to look at as the rest of his films.
1-7 on Jul 31, 2010
It's JAKE LONERGAN, not Zeke Johnson you morons!
Zoombot on Aug 8, 2011
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