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Old 06-16-2008, 06:59 PM   #1
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Cowboys & Aliens

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Robert Downey Jr. in Talks for Cowboys & Aliens
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
June 16, 2008


Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr. is in negotiations to star in DreamWorks/Universal's Cowboys & Aliens, a pulpy mix of the sci-fi and Western genres that could serve as a potential 2010 tentpole, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Imagine Entertainment partners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard are producing. Platinum Studios chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg also will produce, along with DreamWorks mainstays Steven Spielberg, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Ervin Rustemagic and Rich Marincic will co-produce.

Cowboys & Aliens derives from a graphic novel written by Fred Van Lente and Andrew Foley from an original idea by Rosenberg. The story centers on an Old West battle between the Apache and Western settlers, including a former Union Army gunslinger named Zeke Jackson (Downey), that is interrupted by a spaceship crashing into the prairie near Silver City, Ariz.

The story draws a parallel between the American imperialist drive to conquer the "savage" Indians with its advanced technology and the aliens' assault on Earthlings, who must join together to survive the invaders' attack.

The latest draft of the script was done by Iron Man and Children of Men writers Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus.
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Old 06-16-2008, 08:18 PM   #2
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Hmm...intriguing idea, so long as they don't play too heavy-handed with the message, which sounds a tad simplistic.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:20 PM   #3
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This premise has the potential to be either ridiculously awesome or Wild Wild West-style terrible.

Will be epic no matter what.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:37 PM   #4
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Nice to see RD Jr. is getting around alright these days. W/ Iron Man under his belt and Tropic Thunder comin up, I'm thinking he's going to be getting more of the respect thats been due him for the past couple of years.
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:37 PM   #5
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Is this gonna be like Clint Eastwood vs E.T.?
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:47 PM   #6
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Is this gonna be like Clint Eastwood vs E.T.?

I'm hoping for something more like Clint Eastwood meets Ridley Scott's Alien.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:03 PM   #7
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I'm hoping for something more like Clint Eastwood meets Ridley Scott's Alien.
Incidentally, I just finished watching Aliens for the first time. Great sci-fi series so far.
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Old 06-16-2008, 11:14 PM   #8
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Incidentally, I just finished watching Aliens for the first time. Great sci-fi series so far.

It all goes downhill past Aliens but it's still a great series.
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Old 06-18-2008, 01:40 AM   #9
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Iron Man really boosted Downey's career.
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:49 AM   #10
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Iron Man really boosted Downey's career.

Yes. It's funny how the majority of the Internet has only just realized how great RDJ is, and how hot.



Upon reflection I'd like to retract my earlier statement. I now hope this movie is Clint Eastwood meets Ridley Scott's Alien meets Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain.

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Old 09-02-2009, 12:36 AM   #11
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Favreau and Downey to Play Cowboys & Aliens
Source:Heat Vision
September 2, 2009


The Hollywood Report's "Heat Vision Blog" is reporting that Jon Favreau has signed on to direct Robert Downey Jr. in the DreamWorks/Universal sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens, based on the Platinum Studios comic book series. This will be the third pairing of the duo who had enormous success with last year's Iron Man and are currently finishing up that movie's anticipated 2010 sequel Iron Man 2. It's being reported that this will be Favreau's next project on completion of the sequel.

The sci-fi Western explores what would happen if the traditional Old West enemies -- cowboys and Native Americans -- found the prairie attacked by aliens in mid-1800s Arizona.

The project has been in development for many years under a variety of producers and writers, the most recent version being written by executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, along with "Lost" executive producer Damon Lindelof. The project has long been in development by Imagine Entertainment's Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, who remain on as producers, along with Platinum president Scott Rosenberg.
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Old 01-05-2010, 09:15 PM   #12
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In 3D...?

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/01/05/...ossibly-in-3d/

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We’ve known for a while that Jon Favreau would likely follow Iron Man 2 with Cowboys and Aliens, which has been in development at DreamWorks for quite some time. Robert Downey, Jr. will star in the film, which jumps off from the idea that warring cowboys and natives might put aside their differences when beset by a common foe: aliens.

Now, in a Daily Beast article on the aftermath of Avatar’s billion-dollar justification for 3D filmmaking, Kim Masters says the film will shoot in July, and that it may be Favreau’s first foray into 3D. “The Avatar factor could make the difference on Cowboys and Aliens, a DreamWorks project to be directed by Jon Favreau that starts shooting in July,” Masters writes.

That’s the first we’ve heard of the project since Favreau was named as likely director. If the July shoot is really happening, there won’t be much time to get the project up to full steam after Iron Man 2 is finished for a May open. The schedule isn’t impossible; just demanding for Favreau.
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Old 01-11-2010, 10:47 PM   #13
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No RDJ...

http://screenrant.com/robert-downey-...ens-rob-41043/

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ith RDJ out, a replacement is needed for the role of Zeke Jackson, the hero who leads the gunslingers of the wild west against the pesky extra-terrestrials. DreamWorks will have to find a popular star to fill those shoes.

We’re not sure yet on the exact reason for Downey’s dropping out but it’s reasonable to assume he may just have too much on his plate going forward. With this holiday’s Sherlock Holmes kicking off another great franchise, there could be a rush from the studio for a sequel which they spent a lot of time and effort setting up for in this first installment.

That’s not all for the comeback star however, as he also has at least another two leading roles in Marvel Studios’ franchise as Tony Star/Iron Man after Iron Man 2 debuts this May. Downey simply may not have time to dedicate two a third potential franchise.

The sci-fi western will surely be a hit with such major players involved as Alex Kurtzman, Bob Orci and Damon Lindelof penning the script, producing alongside Steven Spielberg. And of course, Jon Favreau will be helming the project as director.
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Old 01-12-2010, 09:49 AM   #14
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It's cool that you guys check out Screen Rant... they have a sister site, Game Rant as well!

As for Cowboys & Aliens - I'm curious why Downey pulled out of that. Previous interviews showed that he was excited to get into another franchise (that's where the real money is at for actors).
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:00 PM   #15
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It's cool that you guys check out Screen Rant... they have a sister site, Game Rant as well!

As for Cowboys & Aliens - I'm curious why Downey pulled out of that. Previous interviews showed that he was excited to get into another franchise (that's where the real money is at for actors).

Screen Rant is one of many film sites I frequent, and one of my favorites.

As for RDJ's departure, perhaps this will explain...

http://screenrant.com/sherlock-holme...10-ross-41126/

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Shortly after the news surfaced that Robert Downey Jr. wouldn’t be playing Cowboys & Aliens, we get word that the reason for his departure from that project was a scheduling clash with the shoot for Sherlock Holmes 2 (as fellow Screen Rant writer Rob Keyes successfully guessed at ). EW has a source inside the production that says even though the project has yet to be green-lit (it’s only a matter of time, though), the studio is nonetheless fast-tracking it after the success of the first film (it’s almost at the $300 million worldwide mark at the box office on a $90 million budget).
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:31 PM   #16
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I just heard a couple hours ago that Daniel Craig will be replacing Downey.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:46 AM   #17
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I just heard a couple hours ago that Daniel Craig will be replacing Downey.

This either means Craig will be taking on wise-cracks and humor, or the film is more serious then I thought. Anyone read the comics?
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Old 04-07-2010, 03:57 PM   #18
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Harrison Ford is dealing with aliens again...

http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/04/07/...owboys-aliens/
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:11 PM   #19
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"I couldn't be more surprised if I woke up tomorrow morning with my head sewn to the carpet." -Clark W.Grizwold

Pretty edgy stuff compared to the usual crap HF does anymore. Maybe playing Indy really DID wake him up a little!
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Old 04-07-2010, 04:25 PM   #20
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HARRISON FORD JOINS!

http://www.superherohype.com/news.php?id=9255
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Old 04-07-2010, 08:10 PM   #21
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It looks bizarre. Apparently Blood Meridian is in production now. I wonder if this has anything to do with something like Cowboys and Aliens ever occurring?
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Old 04-07-2010, 09:44 PM   #22
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HELLS YEAH!!!

But seriously, I'm really excited about this. I remember after Indy 4 people worried that'd be the last time we'd see Ford in (serious) action (I know a some people on this board were hoping he'd land the lead in the Coen Bros True Grit remake, but thats another discussion)... perhaps he will serve in more as a mentor role? Nice to see Favreau is rounding up such an interesting cast.
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Old 04-07-2010, 10:01 PM   #23
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Ok, weirdest bit of film news I've ever heard!

I see this as more a Harrison Ford-esque practical joke, kind of like that Mer-man Prince thing.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:54 AM   #24
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Ok, weirdest bit of film news I've ever heard!

I see this as more a Harrison Ford-esque practical joke, kind of like that Mer-man Prince thing.

Why is this weird film news?
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:49 AM   #25
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I've read through the comic. Is he playing father Breen? Seems like the only major character left.
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