By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Cowboys & Aliens
It was summer of 2007 when Universal and DreamWorks came to the conclusion that they should co-adapt Cowboys & Aliens. Now, a little over two years later, the studios have made small progress with the addition of Robert Downey Jr. to star, a production start set for next summer, and possibly, just possibly, some Jon Favreau involvement. But what kind of involvement?
Jon Favreau In Talks for Cowboys & Aliens
Jon Favreau is going to have some free time shortly, which would allow him to get either in front or behind the camera for Cowboys & Aliens. It looks like DreamWorks and Universal are hoping he'll direct, but a lot can change in the next year. What is set in stone are the producers -- Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Mitchell Rosenberg, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
Kurtzman and Orci are also rewriting the script with Lost exec producer Damon Lindeloff. If you remember, this is the same writing team that successfully relaunched Star Trek. They do have a job ahead of them, as this script has already seen seven different writing teams.
Set in 1800s Arizona, Cowboys & Aliens tells of a skirmish between cowboys and Apaches that 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.